• http://arcticcirclecartoons.com Alex Hallatt

    Are you sure about the sticky notes? That’s the one thing I didn’t know you could compost. No worries about the chemicals in the glue/yellow dye? I guess it also depends on how many you compost…

    I look after some community composting bins and have found some “biodegradable” bags break down better than others. We also have to keep begging people to chop stuff up as a whole cabbage head does not compost, no matter how much you mix!

    • Becky Striepe

      Yeah, I wonder about dyes and adhesives, as well. Maybe if you’re not planning to put it on food plants?

  • Jocelyn J. Anne

    I think you’re right! Hadn’t thought about that when I read over the list, but if you’re not using the eco-friendly/recycleable sticky notes, that doesn’t seem like a good choice. (I’d say the same for envelopes.) Thanks for pointing it out @Alex!

  • Anthony D

    I have worms to make vermicompost in large rubbermaid bins. I have been doing it for years. I have even kept it inside the house without any smell. But once I found out my garage doesn’t go to freezing temps I relocated them to there. Really easy to make your own bin and once established it doesn’t need much care. You just need to balance your carbon and nitrogen amounts and every so often add some water with a spray bottle.

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  • http://www.gardenerat60.wordpress.com Pattu

    Lovely picture and clear article. Anyone wanting to start composting can benefit from your page.
    I do compost, my kitchen scraps,and dry leaves that are lying in the yard. In India, it is easy, if you have space, and nominal containers like earthen ware pots.

    Mine are in pots, on the terrace. compost gets ready in a couple of months and it gives me steadyoutput throughout the year.

  • Vicki Pinyon

    I have property and we have an area where we throw all our vegie wastes on….i am sure the birds, rabbits, kangaroos, mice and rats (not sure about rats havents seen any) but I am sure they are all having a feast. I am uncertain if we should be composting in something that the wildlife cant get to or keep this area for them and also compost in a bin of some sort to use on the plants etc because at this stage we havent used any composting on anything because I really dont know enough about it. As well as I am not sure if I am doing the ‘right thing’ by leaving the vegie scraps in the paddock open as they are. Any comments that may help me understand a little bit more would be appreciated thanks

  • Pamela H.

    However, I wouldn’t try to compost cotton wool balls that are soaked in polish remover.

  • Sharon

    I will be growing food plants. Would I want to put all that in to compost.

    • Anthony D

      Sharon, I compost my plants at the end of the season. Just be sure not to use diseased plants and make sure that the compost gets hot enough to kill any and all pathogens. They only plants I don’t compost are tomatoes because I was taught that they are more susceptible to carrying pathogens to they next crop. I really like going to local coffee houses and collecting their used coffee grinds. It helps bring up the temps in the pile. Just make sure to use both nitrogen rich and carbon rich materials and layer.

    • Anthony D

      Sharon I wound not compost anything (for food plants) that isn’t natural. I never compost anything processed. Just things like straw, plants, veggie cuttings, coffee, The one thing I sometimes use is a layer of newspaper on the bottom to help block some weeds.

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  • awriterinfact

    Compost heaps, especially compost destined for food plants, should not contain animal products, such as your listed “moldy cheese” and “melted ice cream.” If you’re planning to donate your compost instead of using it yourself, make sure it’s usable by consulting the prospective recipient as to what forms of waste can be included.