Well, it’s about that time of year again where everyone is looking to “go green” and “save the planet” and such. And THIS year you are going to join them because you have found a list of things that you can compost to make your own super rich soil for your garden this spring. Sound good? Okay then, let’s get started!how to compost

30 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Compost

Okay, so here we go. Remember that you need to make sure that your ratio of wet and dry compost is about 50/50 to keep it from being too soggy or so dry that it doesn’t break down. Also keep in mind that you should never try to compost animal waste, meat, dairy, or toxic materials.

In the Kitchen

Here are 15 things from your kitchen that get throw away quite frequently that can actually be composted. Pretty cool, right?

  • Tea Bags or Tea Leaves
  • Coffee Ground and Filters
  • Egg Shells
  • Citrus Rinds (not limes though)
  • Banana Peels
  • Damp Paper Towels
  • Burnt Toast (and I mean REALLY burnt)
  • Veggie scraps
  • Nut Shells
  • Stale beer or wine (just not too much or the compost gets soggy)
  • Wine Corks
  • Any Dairy Substitutes
  • Old Tofu
  • Stale Cereal
  • Seaweed, Kelp, or Nori

30 things you can put into compost

From the Outdoors

Don’t toss it, add these 7 things to your compost pile, instead.

  • Dead Leaves
  • Dried Weeds
  • Grass Clippings
  • Plants that you have accidentally killed
  • Feathers
  • Wood Ashes (not charcoal)
  • Old Rope

Other Odd Things You Can Compost

Lastly, a list of 8 things that you never expected to be composted.

  • Leather
  • Rawhide Dog Chews
  • Nail Clippings
  • Old Loofahs
  • Hair
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Burlap Bag
  • Lint
  • Jell-O

So there you have it. A list of 30 things to get your compost pile started up this year! Now, finish that cup of coffee and take those used grounds out to their new home in your compost bin. Happy composting!

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