Learn More About Composting
The Learn More pages are Interactive learning tools, reference materials, and supporting documentation. You can use the Learn More pages as you go through the Compost Happens Tutorial, or browse through them by clicking on the page titles below.
- Virtual Pile
Calculates C:N ratios for you. The virtual pile may take a minute or two to load if you have a slow connection speed.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Quiz
Contains questions and their answers. The user may choose to be quizzed or to see just the answer.
- Choose the Right Composting System
Takes the user through a series of questions to determine the most appropriate composting system for his or her needs.
- If you'd like to test your compost for maturity, try this page, Compost Maturity Test, and have the computer figure out the germination rate for you at Germination Rate Calculation.
- Can I Compost It?
Contains a table of compostable and non-compostable materials.
Some tips on what to do with grass clippings.
- Managing Problematic Materials
Materials such as diseased plants, pesticides, and large amounts of grass may cause problems. This page tries to address them.
If you have a compost pile and are having trouble with pests, odor or if it's not heating up, try this page.
- When Is Compost Ready?
How can you tell if your compost is ready. This page has some general rules, but if you still can't tell, try the Compost Maturity Tests.
- Compost Maturity Tests
If you can't tell when your compost is ready by looking at it, then try some of these tests.
- Bin Construction and Ordering Information
If you're ready to compost and you want to build or buy a bin, this page will give you the information you need to make the right choice.
- Vermicomposting (Composting with worms)
Everyone can compost even if you live in an apartment or a condominium! This page will tell you how!