Things you should include in your compost pit

It’s easy to start a compost pile when you know the process but one of the most confusing things is what to put in it. Most people think that any organic disposables can be included in the pit. However, this misnomer should be straightened out because not everything can create a quality fertiliser. 

What should you put into your compost bin? This question isn’t often asked by novice gardeners since the assumption is that every organic thing is fair game. Here are some basic materials that the Red Wiggle Supply recommends readers:

Common organic compost materials

These materials are fair game when organising your compost pit. You can include these things because they are considered safe when creating fertilisers:

  • Fallen leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Brush trimmings
  • Vegetarian manure
    • Cows
    • Horses
    • Rabbits
    • Hamsters
  • Non-animal food scraps
    • Fruits and vegetable peelings
    • Bread scraps
    • Cereal 
    • Coffee grounds
    • Tea leaves

Materials that need to be reconsidered for the compost pit

Some materials that are organic cannot simply be added to compost. You need proper preparation for these things because they won’t easily break down when throwing them into your pit. However, proper preparations can help break these materials down and become good fertilisers once the decomposition occurs:

  • Shredded non-glossy paper
    • Newspaper
    • Receipts
    • Paper bags
    • Loose notebook leaves
    • Bond paper
    • Oslo paper
    • Japanese paper
    • Stationery
  • Cardboard
  • Used clothes and strings from natural fabrics
    • Cotton
    • Linen
    • Silk
    • Wool
    • Bamboo
    • Twine 
  • Pine needles and cones
  • Saw dust
  • Wood chips
  • Nut casing
  • Twigs
  • Human hair
  • Old and dry pasta
  • Corn cobs
  • Fruit pits
    • Mangoes
    • Avocados
    • Peaches
    • Plums
  • Wine corks

Make sure that you research how each of these materials can be disintegrated to fit your compost pit. Prepare these well so you can make sure that the nutrients within its contents are fully maximised into your final fertiliser product. 

Materials to completely avoid

Not every organic material can be composted. Some include toxic substances that would ruin your pit and affect the quality of the fertiliser. 

Large organic materials are also not great compost materials because they don’t easily break down. It’ll just stay stagnant in your pit without giving any proper nutrients to the fertiliser. 

Here are the materials that should never touch your compost pit:

  • Raspberry and blackberry brambles
  • Long twigs
  • Large branches
  • Pet droppings specifically for dogs and cats
  • Animal food waste
    • Rotten meat
    • Bones
    • Butter
    • Milk
    • Fish insides and skin
  • Diseased yard waste like rotten leaves, twigs, fruits and vegetables among others
  • Non-vegetarian manure
    • Pigs
    • Raccoons
    • Bird droppings
    • Human waste

Going green with Red Wigglers Supply

Get to know more about proper compost pit management by following the updates of Red Wigglers Supply. Our organisation also offers beginner lessons for gardening and other organic processes that can help you lead a sustainable life.