“My whole life has been spent waiting for an epiphany… the kind of transcendent, magical experience that lets you see your place in the big picture. And that is what I had with my first compost heap.”
– Bette Midler
What are you doing with your Jack O’Lantern after Halloween? Did you throw out your used coffee grounds this morning? How about that empty toilet paper roll? Don’t toss them; compost them!
It is said that “One man’s trash is another one’s treasure.” This is true about compost, where nature magically recycles kitchen scraps into “black gold” soil.
There are many benefits of compost that include increasing the quality of your soil with nutrients, air and texture. “Volunteer plants” often pop up, too. Some of my best producing tomato plants miraculously grew from my compost heap. I even discovered an avocado tree! All for free! (Shhh… it’s our “dirty” little secret!)
If you’re new to composting, check out the basics of composting. I started by simply cleaning out my refrigerator. (Gross, I know!)
Most people compost kitchen scraps like banana peels and apple cores. Others throw in stale bread and old lettuce leaves.
You probably already compost eggshells. Toss in the (cut up) cardboard egg carton, too.
My list of things to compost seems endless. Did you know that can compost:
- Counting Sheep: old woolen socks (cut into small pieces)
- On Cloud Nine: 100% cotton balls; cotton from vitamin bottle; cotton swabs with wooden middle
- Cheers: wine cork (real cork)… and stale or old wine and beer
- Veggie Delight: cooled water from steaming veggies
- Sprout It Out: growing sprouts in a jar? compost the rinse water
- Hair of the Dog: pet hair (human hair, too! – untreated)
- Go Fish: dirty water and dirt from aquarium; fish food
- Plain White T’s: old 100% cotton t-shirt (cut up into pieces)
- Crab Shack: crab and shrimp shells; seaweed
- Bag It: contents from vacuum cleaner bag
- Pumpkin Patch: Jack o’ Lantern/pumpkin (cut into smaller pieces)
- Dirty Laundry: dryer lint
- Good to the Last Drop: coffee grinds and used coffee filters
- Perfect Match: used matches
- Chop, Chop: chopsticks (broken into pieces)
- You’re Fired: fireplace ashes (cooled!)
- Lots of Pastabilities: cold pasta noodles (no sauce)
- All Cracked Up: stale crackers
- Tea for Two: tea bags/loose tea leafs
- Pulp Fiction: pulp from the juicer
- Eggcellent: egg shells (rinsed) and cardboard egg cartons (cut into pieces)
- Pickin’ and Grinnin’: toothpicks
- Mikey Likes It: old cereal and cereal boxes (shredded)
- The Nutty Professor: shells from nuts and seeds (no salt)
- Featherweight: real feathers
- Totally Tubular: cardboard tubes from toilet paper, paper towels and gift wrap
- Prom Night: dried out corsages, bouquets and flower arrangements
- Brown Paper Packages: ask for paper bags at grocery store; cut into pieces
- Pick Up Sticks: popsicle sticks
- Tis The Season: Christmas tree and natural holiday wreaths (chopped up). Don’t forget to remove decorations first! (HaHa)
Imagine the huge reduction in landfills if we all composted. Plus, we’d have the healthiest plants in town! It can’t hurt to make dirt!
So, before you toss something in the trash, think to yourself, “Can I compost this?” The answer may just surprise you! Can’t you just dig it?!
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Do you compost? What items do you add to your compost pile?
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