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#128854 July 28th, 2005 at 02:14 AM
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I found this list online and thought if you'd like you could add whatever you put in yours that isn't on the list.

Paper napkins
Freezer-burned vegetables
Pet hair
Potash rock
Post-it notes
Freezer-burned fruit
Wood chips
Lint from behind refrigerator
Freezer-burned fish
Old spices
Pine needles
Seaweed and kelp
Chicken manure
Leather dust
Old herbs
Bird cage cleanings
Paper towels
Brewery wastes
Grass clippings
Hoof and horn meal
Molasses residue
potato peelings
Unpaid bills
Gin trash (wastes of the cotton plant)
Rabbit manure
Hair clippings from the barber
Stale bread
Coffee grounds
Wood ashes
Tea grounds
Shredded newspaper
Egg shells
Cow manure
Winter rye
Grapefruit rinds
Pea vines
Houseplant trimmings
Old pasta
Grape wastes
Phosphate rock
Blood meal
Winery wastes
Spanish moss
Fish meal
Beet wastes
Sunday comics
Harbor mud
Felt waste
Wheat straw
Peat moss
Kleenex tissues
Melted ice cream
flower petals
Pumpkin seeds
Q-tips (cotton swabs)
Expired flower arrangements
Elmer's glue
BBQ'd fish skin
Bone meal
Citrus wastes
Stale potato chips
Rhubarb stems
Tobacco wastes
Bird guano
Hog manure
Dried jellyfish
Wheat bran
Guinea pig cage cleanings
Cattail reeds
Granite dust
Moldy cheese
Shredded cardboard
Cover crops
Rapeseed meal
Bat guano
Fish scraps
Tea bags
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Outdated yogurt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)
Dryer lint
Bread crusts
Cooked rice
River mud
Bad wine
Banana peels
Fingernail clippings
Chocolate cookies
Moss from last year's hanging baskets
Stale potato chips
Dust bunnies
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Old or outdated seeds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 can food items
Produce trimmings from grocery store
Cardboard cereal boxes (shredded)
Grocery receipts
Urine (It's true! Read the letter below)

Dear Marion,

I have been visiting your site with great interest for a while now -- thank goodness for your sensible advice for gardening in northern parts -- I am in the north of Scotland and have many of the meteorological challenges that you face, wind, rain, cold, etc. (but no bears)!

Your list of 163 materials for the compost bin is really useful but perhaps I can add another -- a British organic gardening writer, Bob Flowerdew, swears by peeing on his compost saying that urine acts as an accelerator. Actually he refers to it rather delicately as 'recycling his cider and beer.' This isn't so easy for us women but I do encourage my husband to provide the goods! One for the list?

Many thanks for all your ideas and beautiful photographs,
--Jean Bell

#128855 July 28th, 2005 at 09:04 AM
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Joined: May 2005
Great list! Didn't think about ivory soap! Depending on how organic you want to be, some of these things might or might not be included in your pile. wink

Some stuff to add:

coffee filters
fruit juice
sugar candy
flat soda
dry dog food

#128856 August 22nd, 2005 at 04:57 AM
Joined: Jun 2005
Joined: Jun 2005
Man the contents from my vacuume might be dangerous! I suck up every toy in my way. They get 5 minutes notice clean it up or I suck it up! You otta see them make the mad dash! lol

#128857 August 23rd, 2005 at 03:06 AM
Joined: May 2005
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laugh Karrie that's a hysterical picture - I can totally see it! laugh

#128858 August 24th, 2005 at 10:52 PM
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Joined: Aug 2005
Wow who would've knew all those things, i'm not sure about my vacuum stuff either i use that stuff you suck up to make it smell nice so not to sure if i should use it. But any way i was wondering about some things on the list that i don't know what they are please help, what is potash rock, hoof and horn meal phosphate rock bone meal, and green sand???? Where do you get it??? sorry not to good at this yet!!! danielle

#128859 August 25th, 2005 at 09:42 AM
Joined: Mar 2003
The Cheetah!
The Cheetah!
Joined: Mar 2003
Unpaid bills
Sorry, I got a kick out of this one!!! laugh
My experience: At the moment I am using a slow method of composting but I found that placing a few layers of cardboard under the whole compost pile that the worms will eat it to nothing after about a year. thumbup

#128860 August 25th, 2005 at 09:55 AM
Joined: Mar 2004
Joined: Mar 2004

nah...I'm just kidding.

But I did put it in my will to be cremated,and put in my compost pile.

grinnnn hope that doesn't creep you out.

#128861 August 25th, 2005 at 10:17 PM
Joined: May 2005
Joined: May 2005
Duckie you're too much! But that's cool, actually - do you think your survivors will honor your request? I think my partner would flip out if I even suggested it - besides, who's gonna compost around here once I'm gone? laugh Geesh, cheery thoughts eh?!

what is potash rock, hoof and horn meal phosphate rock bone meal, and green sand???? Where do you get it???
Don't buy anything for your compost heap - that's the beauty of composting. I about make it a game to see 'what I can feed the compost heap today'. I've never bought anything for it and I guaranty you can find plenty of stuff around your house and yard to feed it wink Every time you take a trip to the trash can, think 'can I compost this'? If you're not sure, check it out. That's how I got started. You'll be surprised what all you can compost!

#128862 September 12th, 2005 at 05:07 PM
Joined: Sep 2005
Joined: Sep 2005
I was wondering -- we burn our leaves (lots of magnolia leaves), branches,etc here. Can I put that in the compost pile? Would that be to acidic or will there be problems with my plants if I do that? The remaining ashes look really good, I hate to waste anything good if i can use it in gardens.

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