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Four steps to make your own compost

Compost piles should be turned every few weeks. (Cyndi Murray photo)
Compost piles should be turned every few weeks. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Composting is one of the simplest, most effective ways to help the environment from home. An all-natural process, compost is known as “black gold” for its ability to add nutrients to the soil and reduce the amount of solid waste in landfills.

The best part is anyone can do it, Cornell Cooperative Extension Vegetable and Potato Specialist Sandra Menasha said during a presentation at the Peconic Land Trust’s Agricultural Center in Southold on Saturday.

And living on the North Fork provides even a novice with plenty of materials — such as straw, seaweed and horse manure — to get started composting in your own backyard with minimal effort.

Here’s your guide to composting in four easy steps.

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