• Stephi Durand

All About Compost: Home and Garden Items You can Add to Your Bin

Homemade compost is amazing. I cannot wait for mine to finally be ready (really, I want to use it in my garden so bad!) and I can't wait to produce more and more...

So today, I thought I'd share with you what you can and can't put into your compost.

Some of these, you may already know, some might be a surprise for you!

A wooden compost bin filled with compost and veg scraps
Compost Bin

What You Can Compost

  • Fruit Scraps (citrus varies)

  • Veg Scraps (including corn cobs)

  • Coffee Grounds

  • Tea Leaves and Tea Bags

  • Egg Shells

  • Shredded Paper, Newspaper, and Cardboard

  • Straw and Hay

  • Plant Cuttings, dried or fresh leaves. (avoid diseased plants)

  • Sawdust

  • Manure (from animals who don't eat meat)

  • Napkins and Kitchen Roll (Don't compost kitchen roll if sprayed with non-natural cleaners)

  • Natural Fibers (shredded wool, cotton, etc)

  • Lint

  • Hair (takes up to two years to break down)

What You Can't Compost

  • Manure (from people, from animals who eat meat)

  • Citrus (Some claim you can, some claim you can't)

  • Meat

  • Dairy

  • Weeds that have seed heads

  • Diseased Plants

  • Oily and Fatty Foods

A pair of hands cupped together, holding compost fille with worms.
Worms in Compost

I haven't composted any citrus myself, but Subpod, a company that sell in-ground compost systems and worm farm have said that you can use citrus in their worm farms.

What type of composting system do you use?

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