Clever Ingredients for Your Compost Pile
The winter issue of Organic Gardening Magazine has a Top 10 List of Compostables to add to your compost bin. The list included: aquarium water, out dated kitchen herbs and hair. The Organic Gardening website has more information here.
I get asked a lot about what is compostable and what is not — So I thought I would post a list of what is acceptable in a compost pile. If you have a few more ideas based on your own composting experience, post them in the comments!
It is okay to compost the following:
- Old cotton, silk or wool (torn up
- Floor sweepings
- cardboard (shredded)
- Leaves, stems and chopped twigs
- Wood ashes
- Pine needles
- Straw or hay
- Coffee grounds & tea bags
- Seaweed/Kelp if you live near the ocean (Here is more info on that)
- Vegetable scraps
- Grass clippings
- Newspaper, (shredded)
- Alfalfa meal, cottonseed meal
- Aged manure
Stuff to AVOID: Dog or cat droppings, coal ash, diseased plants, meat, bones, fish, fats, dairy, colored paper. Apparently, some colored inks have heavy metals so that is why we are advised to avoid it. Small quantities would probably be okay, but not a lot.
And then there is Trench Composting…
Anyone have other ideas on what to compost?
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