Comments On - Materials to Compost

We compost using 3 wooden pallets assembled with plastic ties then added a hinged half-door in the front. This has held up for 2 years and works perfectly with kitchen waste combined with other green/brown from the yard. We also use a product called a "GeoBin" found online for grass clippings used in compost tea. Last, we have two piles of grass clippings directly on the ground composting which will be used in the coming months to plant roses in one and root vegetables in the other. Composting is great and saves money.
SteveSWAlabama, Atmore, AL
Posted: 8/2/2015 1:22:53 PM
What about the hulls left over from the newer seeds that I feed the birds? I have both heard not to put them in and to put them in. They seem to break down but they are the same color as my compost before I put them in, so I'm not sure if they really are being composted.
Ted, Redwood City, CA
Posted: 11/14/2014 6:05:46 AM
Good info.
Sarah, Marathon, ON
Posted: 6/25/2014 8:36:24 AM
I was confused with citrus fruit. In the past I did not excluded them & I don't believe I hurt my compost. Everthing seems to have fully decomposed. Then I read that's a no-no so I stopped. Now I read in the chart that it's okay as long as it's minimal (which was about the amount I used to toss-in). I think I will go back to tossing them back in.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 9/2/2013 9:53:15 AM
We will point our followers to this handy, easy to use chart. We stay away from hay as it can have seeds that are often unwanted in the garden.
jackie, flossmoor, IL
Posted: 9/2/2013 9:44:26 AM
Good to remember.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 2/18/2013 12:02:55 AM
Good to know
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 1/25/2013 7:06:14 AM
I love my homebuilt compost tumbler. Makes it really easy to turn and add new material. It eats everything I can give it. During the hot months, I constantly put materials into it and I get about 10 gallons of finished compost every month. That's pretty fast.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 12/9/2011 8:18:08 AM
The chart is a very useful tool. Great info
Chris, Kannapolis, NC
Posted: 8/15/2011 6:17:34 AM
You must be VERY cautious using animal manures. Please warn folks about picloram, grazon, tordon and all the other 2,4-D herbicides that can be sprayed on hay, eaten by the animal and remain toxic even in the manure. This is a sure way to kill a garden, and with a 400+ day EPA approved half-life, you could have a useless plot of land for literally years. These chemicals cannot be readily removed or tested for cheaply. If the focus is on poultry manure instead of ruminant manures, the risk is much less. Thank the herbicide manufacturers for removing one of the mot useful, most recycled materials for the farm and turning it into toxic waste.
Jeff, Round Rock, TX
Posted: 8/11/2011 2:51:54 PM
So glad you all can take this with you and use it. What other infographics would you like to see for your own use?
Urban Farm, Irvine, CA
Posted: 8/11/2011 7:44:43 AM
I will be placing this on our refrigerator so that the children can decide for themselves what to place in the kitchen scrap bowl, they just love composting!!
Jacqueline, Gurnee, IL
Posted: 8/10/2011 11:09:33 AM
Thanks so much for the list. I am new to this and the list helps alot.
Terri, Peoria, IL
Posted: 8/8/2011 7:36:28 PM
This is the year for me to start my own compost bin....I like to feel I am doing my part to help the enviroment...since I am a newbe at this I appreciate the list you provided~ I'll make sure to commment at the end of the season~ Happy gardening everyone~
Nancy, Dundee, IL
Posted: 3/24/2011 5:38:19 AM
Thank you guys for the list. I've always been skeptical to try and begin my own compost heap, not knowing what exactly I could fill it up with. Thanks for the info!
Paul, Mobile, AL
Posted: 3/22/2011 10:48:48 PM
Bruce, that is a great idea. If you leave your materials sitting around, they may start composting in places you don't want them to! The list is more like a guide, so if you aren't sure what materials you can add to your pile, you can consult the list. Happy composting!
Urban Farm editor, Lexington, KY
Posted: 12/28/2010 6:50:00 AM
I like the concept of a checklist for the compost bins, but in my circumstances, I have to add compostable materials when I get them. I simply don't have the space for multiple piles or storage areas for the browns while I accumulate the greens. I haven't known it to be a problem at least for me. Everything ends up in the c-bin soon or later.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 12/27/2010 11:48:30 AM
I like to compost my unpaid bills! (just kidding of course) - but shhredded office papaer is great in compost!
Doreen, Phoenix, AZ
Posted: 12/18/2010 3:12:38 PM
Making a list and checking it twice isn't really for me. Everything compostable goes in the compost. Simple, easy, and affective.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 12/6/2010 11:45:17 PM
Great list and will be a great help for the ones that are composting for the first time.
Danny, Laredo, TX
Posted: 10/19/2010 8:05:44 AM

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