Compost Ingredients

WHAT TO COMPOST

Greens = good sources of nitrogen
Grass clippings mix well so they do not pack down
Coffee grounds include filter
Fruit  
Vegetables all vegetables & peelings
Egg shells adds calcium
Manure from herbivores i.e., horse, cow, rabbit. Do not use if animal is sick
Tea bags  
Hair human or animal, may be slow to degrade
Grains  
Feathers  
Blood meal extremely rich in nitrogen


Browns = good sources of carbon
Leaves improved aeration
Straw a good source of bulky material
Sawdust must be from untreated wood
Newspaper  
Yard waste best cut to sizes 2" or less
Paperboard i.e., cereal boxes, paper plates and napkins, break into small pieces
Dried grasses good source of carbon
Wood ash must be from untreated wood


WHAT TO AVOID & WHY

Diseased plants disease can spread if pile does not get hot enough
Weeds with seeds or weeds that can sprout from bits of root. Seeds or bits of root may survive and sprout in garden if compost doesn't get hot enough to kill them.
Dog or cat feces may carry parasites and diseases that infect humans
Toxic chemicals
(pesticides, etc.)
will harm or kill beneficial soil life
Charcoal (briquettes) will not break down in compost
Fats, oils, grease attracts animals and keep anything they coat from breaking down
Meat scraps, bones, cheese slow to break down, smells bad and attracts animals
Treated logs contains high amount of chemicals

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