How does one start a compost heap and what NOT to put in it?

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  • Roxie Roxie on Jul 10, 2017
    no meats, bones or dog or cat excrement; best things are dead plants, grass cuttings, leaves but not heavy stalks because it will take too long to break them down into workable plant debris (sp?); god to put in salad making scraps, too, like dead lettuce leaves, celery stems, carrot greens, etc. local greenhouses usually sell a product called compost starter that will help you get your product "warmed up" so that the actual heat from the combination of green stuff and brown stuff will break down and kill weed seeds. You will need to keep turning your compost makings instead of just letting it sit around, otherwise, your compost may just get stinky and irritate the heck out of your neighbors.
  • Roxie Roxie on Jul 10, 2017
    I just noticed a terrible-typo...GOOD to put in scraps from salad makings...sheesh! sorry.... sometimers attack
  • Jennifer Helen Wilson Jennifer Helen Wilson on Jul 10, 2017
    Paper, foodscraps, soil in thin layers, shredded paper. They LOVE butternut pumpkins. No fabrics, ABSOLUTELY NO MEAT BITS OR BONES, THEY PUTRIFY THE COMPOST, MAGGOTS & BLOWFLIES.
  • Jennifer Helen Wilson Jennifer Helen Wilson on Jul 10, 2017
    Also some non gasoline-powered lawn mower clippings & leaves.
  • FL FL on Jul 10, 2017
    I think you start composting one apple core or onion skin at a time! (That's how I started). Here are tips for starting and managing a compost heap: https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home ; Good luck!
  • Fiona Muller Fiona Muller on Jul 10, 2017
    Thank you for all the info
  • Gayle Tucker Gayle Tucker on Jul 10, 2017
    Grass clippings, leaves, produce type things like lettuce leaves, broccoli, coffee grounds, and some soil. No meat products or dairy products. If you know someone with some ground worms or red wrigglers ask for some. Put about a cup of cornmeal in your new compost pile with the worms so they will have something to feed on while they are getting acclimated. Remember to turn your compost pile regularly to aid in the breakdown of the pile.
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