Tuesday, April 21, 2009

We Are Starting a Compost....

(I am lazy right now...it's late....I'll give a weekend recap at a later date....)

As most of you know, ever since I got married, I have discovered I enjoy working in the yard/growing things/pulling weeds/learning about plants. Not only do I enjoy working in the yard because it produces something beautiful with some perseverance, but it is stress-relieving and calorie-burning. (And, I get a nice farmer's tan, to boot!) I have been wanting to start composting for some time. YES, it's good for the environment, but I have really been wanting to do it for my plants. Some of the best soil is to be had via compost material.

So---I have noticed that composts are expensive. However, Mom and I were in Sam's the other day, and there was one for $40. Impressive. So today when Weiss and I returned home, I let him play in the yard while I assembled the compost. Tonight I was shredding cardboard boxes and junk mail to put in it. I had about 3 lbs. of coffee grounds, courtesy of Dad, one of our family's many coffee aficionados. (Originally I was going to use the coffee grounds to give my hydrangeas and citrus trees more acidic soil, but instead, I dumped the huge thing in the compost.)

And yes, I am SUPER excited about this. When the compost gets going, it will be about 140 degrees inside. It heats up naturally to break down the organic material.

Anyway, I was wondering what exactly I could put in my compost. I knew the basics, but it is a very LARGE compost, and I want to get it filled up to get it started. (You have to have quite a bit of organic waste to get going, folks.) So I happened a website with 163 things you can compost. Okay, DISCLAIMER: some of them are gross.... (We're just putting the basics in our compost, folks, just so you know....)

Paper napkins
Freezer-burned vegetables
Burlap coffee bags
Pet hair
Potash rock
Post-it notes
Freezer-burned fruit
Wood chips
Bee droppings
Lint from behind refrigerator
Popcorn (unpopped, 'Old Maids,' too)
Freezer-burned fish
Old spices
Pine needles
Matches (paper or wood)
Seaweed and kelp
Chicken manure
Leather dust
Old, dried up and faded herbs
Bird cage cleanings
Paper towels
Brewery wastes
Grass clippings
Hoof and horn meal
Molasses residue
Potato peelings
Unpaid bills
Gin trash (wastes from cotton plants)
Rabbit manure
Hair clippings from the barber
Stale bread
Coffee grounds
Wood ashes
Tea bags and grounds
Shredded newspapers
Egg shells
Cow manure
Winter rye
Grapefruit rinds
Pea vines
Houseplant trimmings
Old pasta
Grape wastes
Garden soil
Powdered/ground phosphate rock
Corncobs (takes a long time to decompose)
Jell-o (gelatin)
Blood meal
Winery wastes
Spanish moss
Fish meal
Aquarium plants
Beet wastes
Sunday comics
Harbor mud
Felt waste
Wheat straw
Peat moss
Kleenex tissues
Milk (in small amounts)
Soy milk
Tree bark
Starfish (dead ones!)
Melted ice cream
Flower petals
Pumpkin seeds
Q-tips (cotton swabs: cardboard, not plastic sticks)
Expired flower arrangements
Elmer's glue
BBQ'd fish skin
Bone meal
Citrus wastes
Stale potato chips
Rhubarb stems
Old leather gardening gloves
Tobacco wastes
Bird guano
Hog manure
Dried jellyfish
Wheat bran
Guinea pig cage cleanings
Nut shells
Cattail reeds
Granite dust
Moldy cheese
Shredded cardboard
Dolomite lime
Cover crops
Quail eggs (OK, I needed a 'Q' word)
Rapeseed meal
Bat guano
Fish scraps
Tea bags (black and herbal)
Apple cores
Electric razor trimmings
Kitchen wastes
Outdated yogurt
Toenail clippings
Shrimp shells
Crab shells
Lobster shells
Pie crust
Leather wallets
Onion skins
Bagasse (sugar cane residue)
Watermelon rinds
Date pits
Goat manure
Olive pits
Peanut shells
Burned oatmeal (sorry, Mom)
Lint from clothes dryer
Bread crusts
Cooked rice
River mud
Tofu (it's only soybeans, man!)
Wine gone bad (what a waste!)
Banana peels
Fingernail and toenail clippings
Chocolate cookies
Wooden toothpicks
Moss from last year's hanging baskets
Stale breakfast cereal
'Dust bunnies' from under the bed
Pencil shavings
Wool socks
Artichoke leaves
Leather watch bands
Fruit salad
Tossed salad (now THERE's tossing it!)
Brown paper bags
Soggy Cheerios
Theater tickets
Lees from making wine
Burned toast
Animal fur
Horse manure
Vacuum cleaner bag contents
Coconut hull fiber
Old or outdated seeds
Macaroni and cheese
Liquid from canned vegetables
Liquid from canned fruit
Old beer
Wedding bouquets
Greeting card envelopes
Dead bees and flies
Horse hair
Peanut butter sandwiches
Dirt from soles of shoes, boots
Fish bones
Ivory soap scraps

Spoiled canned fruits and vegetables
Produce trimmings from grocery store
Cardboard cereal boxes (shredded)
Grocery receipts

1 comment:

Katie K said...

Saved the best for last, didn't you? This ought to be interesting...