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It’s fall, and that means compost season.

Most people think they can just throw old table scraps in a leaf pile, and in 6 months it’ll be perfectly brown compost, but that’s not exactly how things work.

Compost requires 5 components:

  1. Nitrogen
  2. Carbon
  3. Water
  4. Air
  5. Heat

You can get nitrogen from green vegetation such as fresh grass clipping, and carbon comes from brown vegetation such as fallen leaves. As the nitrogen and carbon mix together bacteria starts to break down the materials.

The more bacteria there is the faster your scrapes will turn into compost, so it’s best to create an environment bacterial like; slightly damp with plenty of air flow. As the bacteria grows, eats, replicates and dies, their bodies generate heat, which allows different types of bacteria to grow.

Since grass clippings and leaves are the main ingredients in this compost mix, the best way to collect these is with a bag on your lawnmower. I use a Husqvarna riding mower, so I picked up a 3-bin bag for my mower.

It’s not cheap at over $300, but well worth it, as the amount of grass and leaves it captures would take hours to collect with a rake.

Combine the bag collector with a mulching blade, and you’ve made compost creation as easy as it can possibly be.