I’m going to step out on a limb and bet that you’re trying to be more “green.”
Composting is just one of those things that people do to (a) save the earth (b) reduce household trash (c) have a better garden.
There are some “don’ts” to composting, however. Let me enlighten you.
What not to compost:
1. Breads, cakes, pastas.
Putting carbs in your compost pile is like saying, “Free 24 hour buffet of your favorite treats!” to all manner of varmints. And you can bet they’ll bring their friends and cousins, too.
2. Cooking Oil
Disrupts your pile’s moisture balance and smells like a mouthwatering dinner bell to those aforementioned varmints.
3. Diseased Plants
I shouldn’t have to tell you this–but if you put diseased plants into a compost pile, let them fester for a few months, then dump them all over your fresh, tender plants–all you’re doing is spreading disease.
So just throw them away.
4. Coated/Printed Paper
This includes magazines, posters, wrapping paper, and anything that is not strictly paper. The coating and inks can be hard to break down–even toxic–and the foil on the underside of that wrapping paper doesn’t degrade. Surprise.
5. Used Personal Products
Can we say health risk?
Why you would even consider doing this is beyond me. Just don’t, ok?
Throw it all away. It all.
Rice can quickly grow several bacterias that you don’t want in a compost pile. Plus–again–the varmints love it.
Unless you want your house to look like this in a week.
8. Dairy Products
Pretty much anything you can’t eat on a diet you can’t compost. Carbs, dairy, rice. The varmints (can you tell I love that word? I can’t stop picturing the Beverly Hillbillies) love it all.
Nope–you don’t get a picture for this one. You know what it looks like.
Feces shouldn’t be composted unless they come from an herbivore. Health hazard and all that.
This includes blood, bones and dead bodies.
Even Dexter knew not to compost his kills.
Plus, it’s a varmint magnet.
Walnuts actually contain juglone, a compound that can be toxic to some plants.
It’s counterintuitive, I know, but unless you are positive that the sawdust is from untreated wood, don’t compost it.
Well, that’s it for today–
–hope that you are edified. Go forth and compost safely.
suck it, martha.