Compost Zodiac

What kind of composter are you?

By Scott Meyer and Beth Huxta


compostingThe Microbe Manager

Profile: You know that the bacteria and fungi in your compost pile are its most valuable asset.

Advice: Add a wide variety of ingredients to your pile to ensure that you have a diverse microbe population, says Mark Hutchinson, a University of Maine extension educator. The microbes exist in nature, so add a shovelful of soil or compost to a new pile instead of buying a commercial activator.

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New for your e-reader or tablet: Compostology 1-2-3.