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How to make compost in the garden with household waste

Updated on September 1, 2011
  • You can put hair in a compost bin. All hair, even pet hair, will compost because it's very rich in nitrogen.
  • Adding a jug of urine to the mix will speed up the composting process. Make sure it's man pee though as women's urine contains unhelpful pheromones.
  • A partially shaded spot is a good place for bins. Sunlight will help the composting process but you don't want the contents of the compost bin to be baked.

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  • Don't let flies bug you! The type of flies that gather around the compost are only fruit flies. They're harmless and really good for the soil. To stop them from flying in your face when you remove the bin lid simply place a peice of old cardboard over the compost.
  • Animal bedding from rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs can be a really handy addition to the compost bin as it will decompose and make soil.
  • Don't put meat or dairy products in the compost bin. They contain pathogens which will make the bin smell.

  • If you have anything made of cotton, that can be composted too.
  • Carpets made from natural fibres such as wool, silk, jute or hessian will rot down into good compost. Just remember to cut them up first.
  • It has been known that the contents of a vacuum cleaner can be emptied into a compost bin. This might help, but avoid doing it often as it will clog up the compost mixture.
  • Crushed egg shells are great for compost at they contain lots of minerals.
  • Orange and lemon peels can go in the composter. But limit the amount that go in as too many will create acidic compost.
  • Weeds such as nettles and meadow grass are suitable to go in provided they don't have seed heads.
  • The more full your bin is the better as it will help it to retain heat so everything breaks down quicker.
  • If there are any large items such as branches or twigs that haven't broken down when you dig out the compost, simply put them back at the top of the bin to let them go through the process again.


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      Thelma Alberts 

      4 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Great tips! Thanks for sharing the ideas. Voted up and shared.


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