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This undated photo provided by courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden shows staff and volunteers demonstrating composting techniques at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, in New York. Composting, long reserved for those with gardens or at least enough outdoor space for a big pungent composter, is now being embraced by many apartment-dwellers too. (AP Photo/Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Elizabeth Peters)The Associated Press

Question: My compost is beginning to smell. What should I do about it?

Answer: If you've been tossing grass cuttings into it, they start to stink very quickly, so leave cuttings on the grass after you mow to compost down. Make sure you keep turning the heap over each time you make a deposit. It's critical to get oxygen into the mass, especially at this time of year. It's also important to divide up your kitchen waste: Place leftovers and any waste that contains protein in the green bin, reserving the rest of the kitchen scraps for your compost. If your compost pile is established, now is the time to spread it about the garden. If it isn't quite finished, it will continue to break down in the flower beds and feed the plants, so go ahead and use it. For more information, go to www.marjorieharris.com.

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