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Did you know? Compost can improve soil structure and texture and improve the soil's capacity to hold water. Eco-conscious green-thumbers love compost because it's all-natural, while cost-conscious homeowners like compost because they can improve their lawn and garden without spending a dime. Adding compost improves soil fertility and can stimulate healthy root development, enabling lawns and gardens to better withstand potentially harsh weather, such as summer heat waves or windy fall and winter afternoons. Compost is effective because it provides food for microorganisms that contribute to overall soil health. When these microorganisms are fed, they produce phosphorous, potassium and nitrogen. As a result, homeowners save money because they do not need to purchase potentially costly soil amendments to maintain healthy soil. When making compost, homeowners can use a host of ingredients they likely already have lying around the house. Dead houseplants, for instance, can be effective compost ingredients as long as the plants were not thorny or riddled with disease. Homeowners with pet rabbits, or gerbils, or hamsters can even add these animals' manure to their compost. When doing so, include the wood or paper bedding from the animal's crate. Another potentially valuable compost ingredient is vegetable scraps, such as carrot peelings, or even eggshells. When adding these items, be sure to bury them in the compost pile so they don't attract animals.

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