Plants need food too. You have two choices when it comes to feeding your plants.
- Buy expensive fertilizer
- Compost kitchen scraps and other organic material
Any organic material can be used in modern composting. If you are just getting started you need to get some dirt and a bucket with a lid.
Here is a list of common household items that could be composted into good dirt for growing a garden or beautiful flowers.
Blending left over plant-based food items in a blender or food processor before putting them into the compost bin will speed up the composting process.
- Cereal boxes, brown paper bags
- Clean paper
- Paper towels & cardboard rolls
- Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
- Crushed eggshells
- Fruits and vegetables (rotten or peels)
- Hair and fur
- Hay and straw
- Nut shells
- Shredded newspaper
- Tea and tea bags
Here is a list of some items to avoid putting into your compost bin.
- Meat, fish, egg or poultry scraps
- Dairy products
- Fats, grease, lard or oils
- Coal or charcoal ash
- Diseased or insect-ridden plants
- Pet wastes (unless its a pet rabbit – herbivores are ok)
- Yard trimmings treated with pesticides