So you are ready to start composting but you are not sure what items can go in your compost?
The easiest way to remember is “if it was grown it can be composted.”
The thing I stress is NO MEATS, NO DAIRY, NO FATS!
Also, as far a manure goes, if it eats meats it doesn’t belong in the garden. You may think recycling your dogs poop would be good for your soil but, unless your dog is a vegetarian, it’s not.
Try to chop up any large food scraps. This helps the decomposing process.
ITEMS BAD FOR COMPOSTING
Meats, dairy, fats, dog poop.
ITEMS SAID ARE OK FOR COMPOSTING BUT I WON’T USE THEM
The following items take too long to decompose so, I won’t use them. Banana peels, Orange rinds, Avocado skins, Edamame pods, Apple cores, Coffee filters, Corncobs, Onions, Artichoke leaves. I don’t compost seeds (with the exception of a few tomato seeds, strawberries and raspberries). I don’t like mystery plants popping up in random places. Weeds are bad enough. Urine (diluted 10 parts water 1 part urine) It is a great accelerater to the composting process . Sorry but yuck!
ITEMS GOOD FOR COMPOSTING
Any vegetable scraps, fruit scraps, potato peels, stale bread, stale cereals, coffee grinds, cut grass, leaves, egg shells, tea leaves, pea vines from last years garden, old pasta, stale chips and popcorn, shredded newspaper, paper and phone books.
Adding worms is an excellent way to ensure the rapidness of your compost. They especially appreciate shredded newspaper. You can buy the worms or get them from your existing garden.
The list goes on for miles but this is a good starting place.
Be sure to post any items you find to be great for composting in the comments below.
Good luck and have fun!
Thanks for reading!