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    Heather on
    February 7, 2011
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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    February 7, 2011
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    All good compost should consist of balanced layers of both green and brown materials. Green items generally include grass clippings and kitchen scraps, which add nitrogen to the compost. Brown materials add carbon and consist of things like leaves, newspaper, and small woody materials.

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    Heather on
    March 5, 2011
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    They will only break down if you have a "hot" compost pile. If your compost pile stays cool, the seeds will not break down and you should not place them in the pile. A hot compost pile is one that is turned and watered regularly and gets to an internal temperature of more that gets above 100F.

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    Heather on
    April 1, 2011
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    You can get a pile to heat up in the shade. You can do this by making sure it has the right balance of browns, greens, water and air. This article will help:
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/basics/heating-up-compost-pile.htm

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    Nikki on
    April 5, 2011
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    You can compost them. As long as you have the "green" material in the compost to balance them (they would be a brown material), you cannot have too many.

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    Nikki on
    May 17, 2011
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    If the seeds in the compost are sprouting, it means that the compost is not "heating" up properly. Every couple of weeks, add a shovelful of dirt to the pile and also make sure that your browns and greens are in balance. This will get the microbes going and the compost pile will heat up to a temp where it will kill the seeds.

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    Nikki on
    May 23, 2011
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    This should not cause any problems. Just be sure to wash anything you eat from the garden, as you normally should anyway.

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    Nikki on
    June 1, 2011
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    Compost is made up of greens and browns. This means that in addition to food scraps, you should also be adding leaf and plant litter (leaves, branches), grassclippings, newspaper, etc. This should be mixed every so often. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/compost-for-organic-gardens.htm

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