Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Getting Started: Composting

Compost works WONDERS for your garden.

You can successfully compost all types of fruit and vegetable peelings from the kitchen.

Meat scraps, dairy products, and high-fat foods like salad dressings and peanut butter can be composted too, but it is generally better to avoid them. They produce a rancid smell when decomposing that repels neighbors and attracts animals.  Only use these items if you have a LARGE enough pile.

To speed up decomposition, food scraps should be chopped, or cut up into small pieces, and eggshells crushed.

Here are some examples of items that can be composted.

Some of them may surprise you:

Food Waste (cooked & raw)

Breads, candy, coffee grounds (& non-bleached filters), eggshells, fruit & vegetable peelings, microwaveable popcorn bags, stale popcorn, Popsicle sticks, nuts, paper food wraps & ice cream boxes, paper plates, napkins and towels, pasta, pizza boxes, tea leaves & tea bags, muffin liners, wine corks, spent matchsticks.

Yard Waste

Brush, grass clippings (not chemically treated), hay & straw, leaves, pine cones/needles, plants, roots, sawdust and wood shavings, twigs & branches, weeds (not recommended).

Other Waste

Shredded cardboard, shredded junk mail, dust bunnies, feathers, human hair, newspaper, dryer lint etc.

Happy composting!

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