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what can be composted

What Can Be Composted?

Composting is a great way to help your garden. It’s a green way to put back vital nutrients into the soil of your garden without resorting to chemical fertilizers. This natural method of replenishing the soil in your garden is a great way to be greener and also help the Earth.

Composting is the process of breaking down organic matter, so it can be recycled into a natural soil treatment for adding minerals and other nutrients into the soil of your garden. As microbes break down the organic matter they release the nutrients taken in by the organic matter back to the environment. This is basically the same process that happens to trees and leaves that fall in the forest. They slowly revert back into the soil that gave them life.

We are all aware that you can add kitchen scraps, grass clippings, and leaves to the compost heap to create compost to add back into your garden. But did you know there are a lot of other things that are organic which you might not have thought of that can be composted?

Below is a list of things you can add to your list of what can be composted:

  • Coffee grounds and coffee filters– Instead of throwing away your coffee grounds, put them on the compost pile. Coffee grounds are great for attracting earthworms, which help in the composting process. Natural coffee filters also will break down and can be added to the compost pile. Place them in a bowl or bucket and toss them in with the other compost scraps.
  • Tea bags– You can do the same thing with your used tea bags. You can just throw them on the compost heap with the paper tag attached. The paper breaks down too.
  • Paper Bags– Speaking of paper, did you know that the paper bags some grocery stores still use make great compost? You need to tear them into shreds before placing them on the pile. You can also use them as mulch during the growing season, then shred them after the season is over. You can do the same thing with old newspaper.
  • Other Paper Goods– While we are on the subject of paper, you should know that paper napkins, paper towels and non-waxed paper plates can all be composted. Just tear them into small pieces and mix into the pile.
  • Shredded Paper– Many people shred their sensitive documents to prevent personal information from getting into the wrong hands. If you have a shredder at home you can simply put the paper in the compost pile instead of in the trash. This also helps to keep this type of waste out of our landfills.
  • Plain Cooked Pasta– If you cook too much pasta, and you haven’t added sauce to it, you can add it to the compost heap too. The pasta will break down in the compost heap.
  • Stale Bread– If your bread gets stale or moldy, instead of throwing it out just break it up into smaller pieces and compost it too.
  • Other Stale Items– Just like bread, crackers, cereal, pretzels, and even pizza crust can be composted.
  • Shells From Nuts– If you are shelling peanuts, pecans or other nuts crush the shells and add them to the compost heap. They provide additional nutrients your plants will love. Avoid placing walnut shells though, as they are toxic to plants.
  • Cotton Items– Since cotton is a natural organic substance cotton items will break down and compost as well. Think cotton balls, cotton clothing, and dryer lint. Just make sure the items are 100% cotton. Buttons and other items should be removed from clothing and the items cut up into small pieces before you place them in the pile.
  • Natural loofah sponges– are organic material and can be composted.

Make sure and consider these things when you are looking at ways to compost organic materials to improve your soil. You will be helping your soil and vegetable garden, and you’ll be rewarded with a bountiful harvest.

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