What can you compost?

Written by Gene Caballero on September 29, 2014

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Composting is one of the best things you can do for your garden and your yard. The amount of minerals and nutrients are wonderful additions to the soil and they can help your crops grow large and healthy. Having compost, when done right, may be the best thing you can do for your soil.

Of course, you can't compost everything. For example, you cannot compost any sort of meat, fish or bone. These decay slowly and they will attract animals to your compost, including rats. In addition, having diseased plants in your compost can lead to your compost spreading the disease to the rest of the plants in your garden.

So, what can you compost?

Generally, compost is separated into two different types of compost. Green compost and brown compost. Green compost is anything related to fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, tea bags, fresh grass clippings and plate scraps that are not related to meat or bones. Brown materials are dry leaves, wood shavings, nuts and shells, coffee and coffee filters. As well, you can compost shredded newspaper (but not paper with regular printing on it. Hay and peanut shells can also be composted.

You can also compost plates, cups, utensils or partyware, but only if it is the the compostable variety. Remember, you can compost any sort of table scraps but only if there are no meat or bones involved.

Composting is a great thing that you can do for your garden. By composting, you are putting a lot of vital nutrients into your soil. For example, you can put your own hair clippings into your compost because this will put a huge amount of nitrogen into the soil. That being said, you should make sure that you don't put too much hair into the soil as that will cause a spike in nitrogen that can be harmful to the compost.

You should never compost pet feces as they may contain parasites that are harmful to humans.

You can learn more about composting and helping your yard at GreenPal.

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