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John Preece Composting 2

SIUC professor and horticulturalist John Preece and SIUC agriculture graduate student Tyler Brown discuss the process of composting. On average, composting is an eight-week process, which turns waste into a valuable product that can nurture your garden and help it to grow. Composting replicates nature’s system of breaking down materials on the forest floor. Almost any organic material can be used in a compost pile; it only needs the correct ratio of carbon- and nitrogen-rich materials. SIU uses a mixture of manure, leaves, hay, and sawdust in its compost. Preece and Brown emphasize that it’s important to follow USDA guidelines to ensure a safe product for plants.

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