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Composting is nature's process of recycling decomposed organic materials into a rich soil known as compost. Anything that was once living will decompose. Basically, backyard composting is an acceleration of the same process nature uses. By composting your organic waste, you are returning nutrients back into the soil in order for the cycle of life to continue. Finished compost looks like soil - dark brown, crumbly, and smelling like a forest floor.
Composting ideas to consider:
The Washington State University’s (WSU) Extension Office has various examples of composting at the Master Gardener demonstration garden located at the fairgrounds. They have several worm bins there that are on display. In addition, they also have a WSU Master Gardner volunteer who oversees the worms and can provide you with free worms to help get you started! If you are interested, please contact the Extension Program Director at 360-577-3014, ext 3. or by email and you will be connected to the WSU Master Gardener volunteer.
Grass-cycling is the simple practice of leaving grass clippings on the lawn when mowing. Once cut, grass clippings first dehydrate, then decompose and quickly disappear from view.