Composting? - VeggieBoards


JessEpiphany's Avatar JessEpiphany
06:20 PM 01-06-2009
I was thinking about composting again and I'm really not sure what all I can put on the compost heap.

When I used to do it, I would put the left over vegetable scraps, fruit peels, etc. Basically, scraps from fresh fruit and veggie sources.

I was wondering though, could I put my uneaten cooked beans on the compost heap? Rice? Veggie soup? lol

Thanks for any info.
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Amira's Avatar Amira
08:28 AM 01-07-2009
The only things I avoid throwing on are oils and cheeses. If you have meat eaters in the house, don't put any of that in. Cooked vegetables, pasta, rice are fine. If you get smelly compost, you are putting the wrong things in.
Amira's Avatar Amira
08:30 AM 01-07-2009
I put coffee grounds, tea bags, bread eggs shells. Some people put their shredded papers in.
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GhostUser's Avatar GhostUser
09:01 AM 01-07-2009
I have a compost pile and a compost bin. The bin gets more food items (anything thats rotten out of my garden or falls and smashed, fruit peels, scraps from vegetables, coffee grounds, ect) they both get pine needles, leaves, grass clippings, ect.
JessEpiphany's Avatar JessEpiphany
09:20 AM 01-07-2009

Now I need to get started. Granted, it's cold here and the ground is currently frozen but if we have a few nice days it would be nice to go work the ground where the garden will be later this year.
GhostUser's Avatar GhostUser
09:21 AM 01-07-2009
I'm going to be working on mine today, raking the yard and tossing everything into the compost pile.

It's actually like 70 F here!
jmb0326's Avatar jmb0326
05:56 PM 01-07-2009
We have a compost pile and put pretty much the same things the posters have mentioned - all fruit and veggie scraps, coffee grounds, plant leaves/trimmings, and egg shells (the rest of my family eats them). We don't usually put things like beans, pasta, bread, etc. just because I am afraid it is going to smell too much.
JessEpiphany's Avatar JessEpiphany
06:02 PM 01-07-2009
Ok, thank you for the input.
thunderwolf's Avatar thunderwolf
02:40 AM 01-08-2009
I've been told that cooked food attracts rats - so we put chicken wire on the floor and put the compost bins on top of that. I put in pretty much everything thats 'fresh'. Cooked potatoes go in (skins etc), toast does as well. I do put brown cardboard in after I found that straight grass clippings go slimy without the extra carbon.

Daily diggings made a enormous difference - the temperature of the compost got really quite hot and stuff broke down very fast indeed. This was the summer though.

Weirdest thing I've found to go in was Quality Street wrappers - the box pronounces them as compostable - not the foil bit - but it was nice to see information like this on the side of a packet.
Hats's Avatar Hats
07:03 AM 01-12-2009
We also have a compost pile. We usually just put in fruit and veggie scraps and bread. Also grass clippings and egg shells when we used to eat eggs.
thunderwolf's Avatar thunderwolf
04:04 AM 01-13-2009
Hair can be composted as well - though in springtime I leave it in the garden so the birds can use it as nesting material.
coley's Avatar coley
08:09 PM 01-14-2009
I think I'm going to have to calm down with the hair thing though. I'm a hairdresser and half my bin seems to be hair at the moment.
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