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Weird Things That You Can Compost.

Anyone who has a compost pile knows that you need a mix of green and brown materials for the pile to cook well.
Greens can be found in kitchen refuse and fresh garden weeds. Browns can be found in dried leaves and paper.
But did you know that there are a whole host of weird things that can be composted and will also fill your green and brown quota?
Here are a just a few of the oddities:
100% cotton ballsUsed MatchesUsed TissuesPaper TowelsWine CorksPeanut shellsUsed Tea bagsUsed Coffee GroundsContents of vacuum bagsPizza boxes (clean)Aquarium water
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  • Bonnie Bassett
    Bonnie Bassett Hinsdale, NH
    on Jul 20, 2013

    We have two bunnies and I thought using their left over hay from there boxes would be a great idea because it also contains there manure but it caused a lot of weeds in my gardens

  • Carol Speake - The Gardening Cook
    Carol Speake - The Gardening Cook Raleigh, NC
    on Jul 20, 2013

    that is interesting. I wonder if it was just other things in the compost that had not broken down. If you add any kind of weeds with seed on them, the temperature of the pile might not get hot enough to break them down and they could sprout.

  • Kari Samuel
    Kari Samuel De Forest, WI
    on Aug 3, 2013

    I thought hay in general has a lot of misc. weeds in it too?? Maybe not... but I was also told not to add rabbit, or critter bedding/droppings to my compost.

    • Jennifer G
      Jennifer G Clifton, CO
      on Apr 13, 2014

      @Kari Samuel Never add cat or dog 'manure' to your compost pile but rabbit, chicken, duck, cow, & horse manures are fine. Rule of thumb - if they eat meat, don't add - if they eat veggies only, okay to add.

  • Author Susan Hawthorne
    Author Susan Hawthorne Lafayette, IN
    on Mar 30, 2014

    Hay has seeds in it, use straw instead

  • Pkibin18
    on Apr 13, 2014

    what about dried leaves and grass you mowed?

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