Most of us know that compost is food for our plants but do you actually know how easy it is to make compost? It's as easy as a couple key ingredients that you have most likely (just like me) been throwing to the curb or even the recycle, every week.
The most common compostable items are:
- Green Items: fruits, veggies, and grass clippings
- Brown Items: dead leaves, wood chips, bark, mulch, hay/straw, top soil
Items that should be AVOIDED in your compost:
- Cat/Dog waste
- Dairy products
- Anything treated with pesticides!
I was so excited to learn as much as I can about composting, so I was completely surprised when I found out that there is a whole list of things that can be composted and I didn't even know it!
25 Things You Didn't Know That You Could Compost (at least I didn't)
- Coffee grounds, filters, and teabags.
- Paper towels, paper napkins, shredded paper/bills, paper bags, etc.
- Plain cooked rice and pasta
- Cardboard boxes, cardboard pizza boxes, cereal boxes, paper towel/toilet paper rolls, etc. all ripped into smaller pieces.
- Stale bread, stale crackers, stale cereal, pizza crusts, stale pretzels, etc.
- Wine corks
- Latex condoms, balloons, and gloves (latex only!)
- Old jelly, jam, or preserves
- Egg shells and egg cartons (but not the insides of the eggs!)
- Old hair from your hair brush, the dogs hair brush, your electric razor, etc.
- Nail clippings
- 100% cotton balls, Q-tips (not the plastic kind), cotton fabric (torn in smaller strips), or wool fabric.
- Dryer lint
- Pencil shavings
- All that nasty stuff you just vacuumed up!
- Ashes from fireplaces, BBQ grills, and outdoor fire pits
- Fish food, dog food, and cat food
- Droppings and bedding from rabbits/hamsters/gerbils etc.
- The crumbs off of your counter top!
- Used tissues that you blow your nose on
- Fur from dog/cat brush and feathers from birds.
- Old loofahs and washcloths (cut into little pieces)
Composting is as easy as 1-2-3-4
- Line the bottom of your compost pile or composter with 4-8 inches of coarse brown materials.
- Empty out your kitchen compost waste into the compost pile.
- Keep moist (but not TOO moist!)
- Aerate the compost 2-3 times per week by using a shovel or pitch fork and mixing it up.