The Big Lie of Composting, or How to Turn Food Scraps into Great Compost

Every Spring, I call my father, who is a master gardener, for advice on making compost. I don’t know if it is the water here in Los Angeles, or the air in Texas, but I never make good compost, despite following his instructions closely.

What Cynthia didn’t know was that food waste is particularly difficult to make quality compost with. It tends to rot without becoming that dark brown, rich material, with almost no smell, that gardeners value. Her father’s compost is probably a combination of green leaves, woody materials and biology from prior years of composting.

Diagram of amoeba engulfing a particle of food by phagocytosis, by Kate Taylor from Wikipedia
Image from Sustainable Plant Solutions https://www.instagram.com/sustainableplant/

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