If you are making steps to reduce your carbon footprint, chances are you’ve already got a compost heap organised.
But you may be confused about what leftover food scraps are suitable for composting and which are best sent to landfill.
Unfortunately organic meat cannot be put in the compost, as it does not break down and it can attract unwanted pests.
However, since grass-fed beef and organic lamb is so delicious, chances are you won’t have any leftovers to dispose of!
Here are a few tips to help you compost everything else.
What you can compost: carbon and nitrogen based items
There are a wide variety of items you can put in the compost. These can either be carbon based ornitrogen based.
This sounds a little complicated so here is a breakdown of what this means for you in the garden.
Decomposers actively break down organic matter and prefer to have around 30 times more carbon-rich product than nitrogen-rich ingredients. This is often referred to as the C:N ratio.
If you can get as close to that as possible it will be easier for decomposers to consume your pile so you are left with a beautiful compost to spread in your garden.
Here are a few carbon-rich ingredients to include more of in your compost bin:
– Foodstuffs: Sprouts, nut shells, tea leaves
– Other household items: Cardboard, dryer lint, newspaper ,straw, wood shavings
– Garden waste: Dried grass clippings, hedge clippings, leaves, weeds
If you can, try to put more carbon items into the compost so the following items can be composed faster.
– Food waste: Algae, seaweed, banana peels, coffee grounds, dog food, all fruit peels except lime
– Household items: Hair
– Garden waste: Feathers, flowers