Hopefully, some of you have taken my advice and have begun or plan to begin composting your scraps. Composting is a great way to lessen the amount of garbage sent to the landfills, and creates wonderful fertilizer for gardening. Whether you are planning a flower, herb, or a vegetable garden, composting will give you nutrient-rich fertilizer that you made yourself. Recently, I came across an article which lists 75 surprising things you can compost. It is a great guide to what can be composted, and what cannot. Everyone knows that fruit and vegetable scraps and grass can be composted, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. As the article suggests, I was surprised by some of the items on the list. Some of the most surprising compostable items on the list were:
- Old loofahs
- Contents of your vacuum cleaner bag or canister
- Pizza boxes, ripped into smaller pieces
- Old/stained wool or cotton clothing – rip or cut it in
to smaller pieces
The full list, found on PlanetGreen.com, can be found here.
If you plan to start your own garden in the near future (or already have one), why not give composting a shot? By doing so, and using the preceding list as a guide, so much garbage can be saved from landfills. The resulting fertilizer may even give your soil that little boost it needs to give you a green thumb that will be the envy of the neighborhood.