It amazes me how changing a few everyday habits can yield such incredible results for your garden.
Is it difficult? No
Does it take patience? Yes
Do you need a Master’s degree? No
If you Google search how to do it, you may just give up before you start. I don’t understand why some people love to complicate the simplest of concepts. If you’re looking for more detailed information I would suggest OrganicGardening.com as they explain how to build a composting pile, simply. We chose to use pallets to build our composting bin. Why pallets? Cuz they’re free!
Check the end of this post for a list of items not to include in your compost bin. Most of it is common sense, you’ll see ;o)
Including cakes, pasta and most baked goods. These items in your compost pile draw unwanted pests.
Smells like food to animal and insect visitors. It can also upset the compost’s moisture balance.
You don’t want to transfer fungal or bacterial problems to whatever ends up growing in your finished compost.
Heavily coated or printed paper:
Magazines, catalogs, printed cards and most printed or metallic wrapping paper.
Human or animal feces:
This includes kitty litter. Waste and bedding from NON-carnivorous pets should be fine.
Including bones, blood, fish and animal fats. Another pest magnet.
Leave out milk, cheese, yogurt and cream. They will also attract unwanted pests.
Cooked rice is unusually fertile breeding ground for the kinds of bacteria that you don’t want in your pile. Raw rice attracts varmints.
Unless you know the wood it came from was untreated, leave it out.
Stubborn garden plants:
Dandelions, ivy and kudzu are examples of plants or weeds which will probably regard your compost heap as a great place to grow, rather than decompose.
Used personal products:
Tampons, diapers and items soiled in human blood or fluids are a health risk.
These contain juglone, a natural aromatic compound toxic to some plants.