If you do the gardening for a fun hobby or harvest, you should learn about compost. Your plants need it to sprout, grow healthily, and produce crops. Once you know which organic waste can be composted, you are doing good things for your plants and environment. Instead of throwing these materials into trash pile or pin, you can turn them into composts. It will save you a lot of money. Believe us!
We’ve rounded up some of the top items and are glad to share them in here. It’s entitled 9 wastes that can be turned into composts. It works with both beginning and experienced gardeners. The reason is simple. All want their plants to grow fast and produce well. To do this, they must give their plants efficient nutrients. Let these composts deal with and bring you big crops! Here we go!
#1 Tea Bags
Tea leaves comes first in this collection. They make a great addition to the compost as they contain nitrogen, tannic acid, and trace nutrients that boost the activity of beneficial microorganisms, increase oxygenation, improve soil quality and create stronger root systems.
It’s best to remove the tea leaves from the bag before placing them in the pile.
#2 Grass Clippings
It’s better to let the grass clippings dry out for a couple days before adding it to the compost pile.
You should also turn the pile every few days to foster an aerobic compost environment. And make sure to add it to the compost in SMALL amounts, layered with generous amounts of brown materials.
#3 Meat and Bones
There are some ways for disposing of meat and bones in an environment-friendly way. One is to use a trench composting system for meat scraps. Another is to use an enclosed anaerobic system, like Bokashi bins, to quickly break down meats in a way that won’t cause a stink and is completely inaccessible to insects and scavengers.
#4 Any Other Part Of Walnut Tree
Walnut trees produce juglone, a compound that is toxic to many juglone-sensitive plants such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cabbage, and asparagus. However, some plants are tolerant to it.
It means that you can make compost out of walnut tree waste. The point here is to keep it in a separate compost heap and only use the finished humus on juglone-tolerant plants.
#5 Seeds and Diseased Plants
There is a good news for gardeners: you can make compost out of diseased plants and weeds. The point here is you sterilize them with heat.
Weed seeds and most pathogens will be destroyed when kept at a consistent temperature of 130F to 140F for three days. Or you can store them in a black plastic bag (ensuring the bag is free of holes) and place it in sunny spot for a month. Once they’re are completely dried out and crunchy, toss them in the compost.
#6 Old Clothes
The best way to add old clothes to the compost pile is to chop them up into smaller pieces. Also be sure that these clothes made from natural sources.
#7 Dairy Products
You can still compost dairy products like milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, and ice cream. A Bokashi system or trench composting is recommended.
Simply ensure the compost pile is rich in “brown” carbon materials, increase airflow by regularly aerating the heap, and make sure the dairy products are always buried deeply within the pile are ways to prevent the smell and thwart critters.
#8 Cooking Oil
You can pour very small quantities of plant oils and animal fats into the compost pile. Sunflower oil, olive oil, suet, and lard are great choices.
Make sure that your compost is nice and hot (between 120F and 150F), and aerated on the regular.
#9 Pet Waste
The manure of chicken cows, goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, llamas, hamsters, and other herbivores are great addition to the compost. They are are rich in nitrogen, beneficial aerobic bacteria, and are perfectly good additions to the compost.
To the compost of dog and cat poop. You must keep it in a separate pile and make sure NOT to use it on food- bearing plants.