Fall here is and I’m mostly a spring gardener. That doesn’t mean I won’t be trying to improve my garden soil over the cooler months though. Our compost tumbler is ready to be emptied and spread and my worm farm has yielded some nice castings to incorporate too. What can be composted? More than you think. Here are a few materials you may not have realized were compostable. Save the space in your trash can and use them in your compost instead.
What can be composted?
- Cotton balls
- Used matches
- Paper Towels
- Paperback books with covers removed – Or you can upcycle them with this cool paper craft.
- Cardboard ice cream cartons – Make sure to rinse it out completely. You don’t want dairy in your compost.
- Wine corks – As if you needed another excuse to drink up, right? It’s for the environment!
- Chewing gum – I know, right? So much for that myth about it sitting in your intestines for 7 years if you swallow it.
- Pizza boxes – When you go through it like our kids do, this will make you feel down right green!
- Tea bags
- Contents of vacuum cleaner bag – No more emptying your vacuum bag into the kitchen garbage and getting dust everywhere.
- Olive pits
- Water from fishbowl or aquarium
- Hair – from hairbrushes and haircuts
There are many different ways to create compost. My dad’s tried and true method is a pile surrounded by concrete blocks near his garden. We’ve enjoyed our compost tumbler for several years now. It’s even moved with us once!
Of course, you likely won’t be carrying individual banana peels out to the compost pile every time you eat one. If you’re like me you have a bowl in the kitchen for compostable scraps that you take out once it’s full. Unfortunately, this can attract gnats and flies so make sure you leave out a homemade gnat trap and a homemade fly trap if pests become a problem. They are both easy, simple, and cheap solutions!