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With more time at home on many people’s hands these days, lots of yard work is being tackled, making this year’s International Compost Awareness Week, May 3 through 9, a perfect time to create a home composting system.For the new composter, first find an ideal spot on your property to locate your composting pile or receptacle, says composting expert and Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Development Coordinator Amanda Tedrow, who represents University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s Northeast District.“If you are just starting out, go for the pile. The ideal minimum size for a compost pile is four by four by four (4 feet wide by 4 feet long by 4 feet deep). That is the right size to reach the temperatures needed for decomposition. A smaller pile will decompose at a slower rate due to lower temperatures,” Tedrow said.Locate the compost pile downhill and away from vegetable gardens to prevent potential runoff from the compost pile, which could transmit plant diseases to the garden.While heat is an important element to composting, the heat is generated within the composting pile, so it is not necessary to locate a composting system in direct sun. A compost pile located in direct sun may need additional supplemental water during the heat of the summer months.Next, it’s important to add the right mix of materials to the pile.“The general recommendation is to do two-thirds to three-quarters browns and one-third to one-quarter greens,” she said. Brown materials — such as dried leaves, sticks and old mulch — are a source of carbon, while green materials — such as grass clippings, vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds and egg shells — are sources of nitrogen, both important for proper composting to occur.Avoid adding any kitchen waste that contains meat, dairy products or greasy substances, Tedrow warns.“Vegetable peelings, fruit rinds, stalks from broccoli, things like that are all fine. Something like peach pits might take a long time to compost, but they are perfectly fine to put in,” she said.Moisture is essential, but a compost pile should only stay “as wet as a wrung-out sponge,” Tedrow said.“In an ideal world, a compost pile should be turned when the temperature in the center of the pile starts dropping (below the ideal temperature of 130 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit). Most people don’t have a compost thermometer, so many composters will turn their pile every week to two weeks to keep the process moving,” Tedrow said. Compost thermometers are available in stores or online starting at about $20, she added.If wildlife is a possible concern, an enclosed composting bin may be a better option, she said.If you have a free-form compost pile and you are having a hard time keeping compost materials together, consider using a piece of fencing or other material to make a hoop around the pile to keep it contained, Tedrow added. While creating a compost pile can, in time, produce material usable for gardening, the best thing about a compost pile is keeping unnecessary waste out of landfills, as landscape refuse, such as leaves, grass clippings and trimmings, accounts for up to 20% of the waste being placed in landfills.In honor of International Compost Awareness Week, the UGA Extension office in Athens-Clarke County is offering a number of online and interactive events throughout the week, including a composting lecture on Wednesday, May 6, at 6 p.m. For information, go to facebook.com/AthensClarkeCountyExtension or visit athensclarkecounty.com/6542/International-Compost-Awareness-Week.For more detailed information on composting, visit extension.uga.edu/publications and search for UGA Extension Circular 816, “Composting and Mulching.” For further assistance or to check for local composting week events, locate your local UGA Extension office at extension.uga.edu/county-offices.
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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Uribe’s career-high three home runs were part of a season-high six for a Dodgers team that scored just seven runs during a three-game sweep at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend.Despite four consecutive losses for the first time since an eight-game losing streak in early May, the National League West-leading Dodgers increased their lead to 12 games over the second-place Diamondbacks.“It just feels good to get a win,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Coming out of Cincinnati, that last trip wasn’t a great trip for us. And you got the team that’s right behind you, you know, head-to-head, so it’s kind of nice to be playing those guys and not looking at the scoreboard.”The Dodgers needed just five innings to collect all their home runs, the most since famously hitting four consecutive home runs as part of a seven-homer effort in a win over the San Diego Padres on Sept. 18, 2009.Of course, Ricky Nolasco (13-9) hasn’t needed much offensive support. The Dodgers’ July 6 trade acquisition extended his career-high wining streak to seven and sports a 1.60 earned-run average in his last seven starts. Monday he allowed one run — an earned run in the fifth inning — on three hits in 6 2/3 innings. It’s often an unintelligible cross between laughing and talking, but Juan Uribe’s booming voice is ever present in the Dodgers clubhouse. One of the quieter bats in a stacked Dodgers lineup has long since proven his worth as a teammate, making it understandable why the rest of the Dodgers relished the chance to see him thrive outside the clubhouse on Monday night. Uribe’s career night included three home runs, and the 34-year-old third baseman went 4 for 4 with four RBIs to snap a four-game losing streak, leading the Dodgers to an 8-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of 52,410 at Dodger Stadium. “I’ll never forget,” Uribe said. “I’ll never forget what I did today. That’s what I tell my teammates.” After beginning the season with five wins in 13 decisions with the Miami Marlins, the Rialto native is 8-1 with the Dodgers.“It was my dream to come here and pitch,” Nolasco said. “I feel like I threw the ball well all year. Obviously now a little more is on the line and it changes a little bit. The offensive support here helps. Just the position you’re in, you’ve got to step up your game.”In addition to Uribe’s three, Nolasco was the beneficiary of home runs by Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez, who was 2 for 3 with three runs scored.Uribe’s second home run spelled the end for Diamondbacks pitcher Randall Delgado (4-6), who lasted just 2 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits, including four of the home runs. Uribe followed Etheir’s second-inning home run with his first solo shot and Gonzalez’s two-run home run with another to equal the team’s season-high total of four in a game by the third inning.Ramirez led off the fifth inning with a solo shot before Uribe’s third gave the Dodgers a 7-1 lead.Uribe’s upswing mirrors the Dodgers’ improvement since the team began a tear in late June that is responsible for the best second-half record in 50 years. He followed a spotty initial three months by hitting .257 in July and .293 in August to raise his average to .271 entering Monday.Uribe ended last season as a distant second on the depth chart to Luis Cruz, who began the season as the starting third baseman but was released July 2.“When Luis (Cruz) was here kind of tearing it up and kind of the darling of L.A. for a period of time, Juan was a really good teammate,” Mattingly said. “And during that period of time — and not just that period — he gained a lot of respect within that clubhouse for his treatment of everyone and Luis.”The Dodgers’ trade for seven-time All-Star third baseman Michael Young Sept. 1 hasn’t fazed Uribe, who was assured he would remain the starter while Young assumed the first bench role of his distinguished career.Monday marked the first-ever three-home run game for Uribe and the 10th time he hit at least two in a game in his 12-year career. The 34-year-old capped his night by hustling out a seventh-inning infield single, for an RBI, no less.