Put the right stuff in. Good things to compost include vegetable peelings, fruit waste, teabags, plant prunings and grass cuttings. These are fast to break down and provide important nitrogen as well as moisture. It's also good to include things such as cardboard egg boxes, scrunched up paper and fallen leaves.
Then, can I put potato peelings in my compost bin?
There are 2 schools of thought: one says do not put potato peelings or potatoes into the compost as you get potato plants growing next year with potential blight problems; the other side says that if you get potato plants, you can just pull them up. You choose what you want to do as both points of view are valid.
- Dog and Cat Poop. Horse, cow, chicken and rabbit droppings are great additions to your compost pile.
- Tea and Coffee Bags.
- Citrus Peels and Onions.
- Fish and Meat Scraps.
- Glossy or Coated Paper.
- Sticky Labels on Fruits and Vegetables.
- Coal Fire Ash.
- Sawdust From Treated Wood.
The answer to this is yes, you can. Adding eggshells to compost will help add calcium to the make up of your final compost. This important nutrient helps plants build cell walls. While you don't need to crush eggshells before composting them, doing so will speed up how fast the eggshells break down in the compost.
Cooked Vegetables: The “no cooked foods” rule is a general guideline because many of us add fat, butter, or meat products to our cooked veggies. Pure steamed veggies – with no oils or sauces – should compost just fine, especially if they're well mixed into the pile. Don't forget the cooking liquid, too!
100 Things You Can Compost
- Fruit and vegetable scraps (G)
- Egg shells (crushed) (B)
- Coffee grounds (G)
- Coffee filters (B)
- Tea bags (Make sure they are made of natural materials like hemp or cotton, and not rayon or other synthetics.
- Loose leaf tea (G)
- Spoiled soy/rice/almond/coconut milk (G)
- Used paper napkins and paper towels (B)
Anybody who has a composting bin or compost pile at their house knows that old apple cores, banana peels, and potato skins can be composted. The list of compostable items doesn't stop there, in fact, it barely scratches the surface. Yes, each of those items can be composted!
To the compost bin. But there are a few items that can be confusing, especially if you are new to composting. Here are a few items some people mistakenly throw in the compost bin. All bread products, including cakes, pasta and baked goods, shouldn't go into the pile because they can attract pests.
- Grass clippings.
- Brush trimmings.
- Manure (preferably organic)
- Any non-animal food scraps: fruits, vegetables, peelings, bread, cereal, coffee grounds and filters, tea leaves and tea bags (preferably minus the staples)
- Old wine.
- Pet bedding from herbivores ONLY — rabbits, hamsters, etc.
- Dry cat or dog food.
Yes, you can add coffee grounds with their filters to your compost pile. Because they are wet, they decompose fairly quickly. The filters may dry out you if leave them on top of the pile in dry weather. Keep it inside the pile and keep it moist.
Conversely, onions are NOT recommended for addition to vermicomposting bins. Worms are not big fans of odorous food scraps and will turn their metaphorical noses up at onions as well as broccoli, potatoes, and garlic. The high acidity of composted onion waste does not sit well with worm gastric systems apparently.
You should not try to compost any paper towels that have synthetic additives, including bleach, and are advertised as disinfectants or fragrant etc. The best paper towels to compost are those made of 100% recycled material. Newspaper, cut into thin strips are actually a good way to start a compost pile.
Though it is unclear why, many kinds of worms will not eat citrus peels until they have partially decomposed. Since vermicomposting relies on worms eating the scraps you put into their bin, citrus peels simply would not work in vermicomposting. It is best to keep citrus peels in the more traditional compost pile.
Moist tea leaves added to the compost bin increase the speed with which your pile decomposes. When using tea bags as fertilizer, either in the compost bin or directly around plants, first attempt to identify if the bag itself is compostable — 20 to 30 percent may be composed of polypropylene, which will not decompose.
Broccoli heads, stalks & leaves are all “greens“: if you've got a LOT, add alongside “browns” (like dried leaves or cardboard) to keep the compost heap balanced. (Balanced heaps will compost down faster.)
Get the rich organic nutrients of compost onto your garden faster by helping your compost pile decompose more quickly. A compost pile's bacteria and other microorganisms generate heat when they digest organic material - kitchen scraps, yard litter - and turn it into nutritious, dark, crumbly compost.
The answer here is, yes. Gardeners can compost tomato plants as long as the plants don't have any bacterial or fungal diseases. Spotted wilt virus and curly top virus will not survive on a dead tomato plant for long, so plants with these viruses can be composted.
Compost is a nitrogen- and carbon-rich soil amendment made from decomposing leaves, plant debris, coffee grounds, eggshells and soil. A new compost pile can benefit from an accelerator or tonic that helps to speed decomposition.
Cooked rice is a tricky one: yes, it'll rot down pretty quickly but in the meantime, it is a haven for bacteria (which could cause other problems for your compost heap). Plus, if it has come into contact with any oils, fats, meats or other flavourings, it might attract unwanted vermin.
Yes, you can compost garlic – with a couple of warnings. Firstly, garlic cloves/bulbs have a tendency to re-sprout if they are left whole. Chop them up first to avoid that – or don't compost them, plant them out instead to grow more garlic bulbs or just “garlic greens” (the long leaves that sprout from the bulb).
What type of nut can be composted? Any nuts, including peanuts (though not technically a nut) can eventually break down and become compost. Black walnut contains a chemical, juglone, which inhibits plant growth in some garden plants, especially tomatoes.
Coffee Grounds as Fertilizer. Used coffee grounds for gardening does not end with compost. If you rinse your used coffee grounds, they will have a near neutral pH of 6.5 and will not affect the acid levels of the soil. To use coffee grounds as fertilizer, work the coffee grounds into the soil around your plants.