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Articles from DIY Greenhouse Gardeners: How to Grow Advice What to Compost – Facts Made Simple 2012-01-24 15:01:13 Alexandru Chiuariu

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Almost everything can be kept out of the local landfills if you know what to compost and what to recycle. This will help you save some extra money and give you the satisfaction of knowing you are ‘doing the right thing for the planet’.

Even if you are not a home gardener you can still use the newly finished compost to amend the soil in your yard. Who knows? You may even be able to help your neighbors by providing them with a continual supply of ‘black gold’ for their own gardens. While there are lots of possible additions for your compost bucket and bins you should be aware of what can and cannot be used.


Here is a short list of what to compost at home. Alfalfa and Alfalfa Hay are perfect for composting efforts. Alfalfa readily breaks down when exposed to the elements. Green hay and green alfalfa have a lot of nitrogen content which will be a bonus for any composting bin. Just remember to wet these materials before you toss them in that pile of compost. If you have large composting systems you can likely find someone with hay bales that have been ruined by dampness and rain. You can purchase these at little cost or even offer to haul them away for free. What a better way of building your supply of composting materials than this?

If you are going to add some of those lawn clippings to the yard just be sure they do not contain any pesticides or other chemicals. When placing grass into a compost bin you should spread these clippings thinly. Many people make a mistake and just dump in bags of grass at one time. If you do this then the air cannot circulate and you will be left with a sludgy, smelly clump of “green goo� covering your nice, neat compost pile. Crushed eggshells will add calcium and these shells will decompose in a short amount of time.


The rinds and peels from veggies and fruits are ideal additions to your compost bins. Green leaves from cabbages, celery and kale can be tossed into your kitchen compost bucket and added to the outdoor bins at a convenient time. Even coffee grounds, coffee filters and tea bags can be recycled in a compost bin. These are some of things that help add more nitrogen to the compost pile.

You can add either green or dry leaves to any compost bin. You do not have to crush the leaves before using, but it might be helpful. Clumps of leaves will prevent air circulation and this will hamper the decomposition process. Use leaves as a judicious addition to your compost pile and always make sure to wet them down, especially if you are adding dead “brown” leaves. This will help accelerate the decomposing process.

Weeds can be added to a compost bin, but be aware that many of the seeds and roots can survive the ‘heat’ and destructive processes that are part of the composting cycle. This means that when you reuse the freshly finished compost you could be ‘replanting’ more weeds.


Sawdust is one of the items on the What to Compost list but you should never use any of the dust or chips that are produced from pressure treated or chemically treated wood sources. The chemical agents will leach out into the compost, tainting every inch of compostable material possible. If you are going to use any wood chips or sawdust you need to mix these into the compost pile to prevent any clumping and matting. If you choose to use dry straw in your pile of compost you must be sure that you wet it when it is added. Using straw from a chicken pen or horse stable is a good idea because these animal manures that are on the straw means that you are adding additional nitrogen to the compost pile. These ‘used straw’ products will decompose a lot faster and will boost the fertility of the finished compost. Download Pdf Related Posts: Greenhouse Irrigation Methods How to Clean White Mold in Greenhouses How to Decide the Location to Set Up Your Greenhouse Uses of a Greenhouse How to Help the Plants in My Greenhouse Grow Tweet

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