Flower garden with kitchen compost

Plants need food too. You have two choices when it comes to feeding your plants.

  1. Buy expensive fertilizer
  2. 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
  • Coffee
  • Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
  • Crushed eggshells
  • Ashes
  • Fruits and vegetables (rotten or peels)
  • Hair and fur
  • Hay and straw
  • Houseplants
  • Leaves
  • 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