I am still learning in the garden, and I know I can use most veggie scraps, but was wondering is there anything else that I can add to the compost instead of the recycling bin or the normal bin?


Posted anonymously, 3rd June 2014


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  • Paper and cardboard can compost.



  • I add lawn cuttings after mowing. Raked leaves. Shredded newspaper. Lime is meant to be essential too. Sometimes add water if it’s looking too dry and you’ve had no rain



  • most food stuffs but not eggshells or onions. You can add teabags, hair and nail clippings



  • I boiught a tumbling bin from Bunnings and they are great, I put in all grass clippings, shredded paper and fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, anything really organic. Amazing how it reduces your rubbish bin at the end of the week. Great way to help the environment and get the kids involved too.



  • You can compost almost anything. Paper, hair and nails (yes yuk but it provides nitrogen apparently) dryer lint, vaccuum cleaner dust, pet hair fruit and veg etc. Egg Shells and used tea bags are supposed to be the the best things to add though, you’ll find natures composters, worms will love you for it and get straight to work



  • Paper towel, dog poo cardboard from toilet paper shredded. Anything that will break down over time. Have fun; it’s a great feeling knowing you have made an effort to help the environment.



  • Egg shells, tea bags, coffee grinds, paper towel, paper scraps (but not the shiny catalogues I think), grass clippings, leaves, don’t know if you’re meant to but I throw old bread and cake in too.



  • Newspaper



  • Teabags just remove staple near tag.


  • I heard egg shells are good



  • Vaccum cleaner dust. Always layer if you put something green in ( food scraps lawn clippings ets) put a layer of.brown on top ( hair, vaccum, dirt, shredded newspaper etc) it’s a carbon/ nitrogen ratio. Also keep the layers thin don’t empty the whole lawn mower clipping in one go. If yours is on the ground start with a layer of sticks and twigs to promote aeration. If it starts to smell use dolomite and give it a good mix.



  • Husband ! Lol



  • Tea bags



  • most things that are bio degradable i guess



  • The worms use the egg shells as nurseries.


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