Question is though, what can be placed in the compost heap and what should never find its way in there? Here is a quick reference list to see both.
What can be included
What should be left out
Fruit and vegetable peelings and cores - great for getting the ball rolling
All Fats and oils
Uneaten cooked table scraps
Meat and bones - take too long to break down and attract pests
Coffee grounds from fresh ground beans - supplies proteins and oils
Citrus peel - maybe in small quantities, but contains a natural preservative that can inhibit decomposition
Old fashioned tea leaves and unbleached teabags - only include teabags if you 100% sure they are unbleached, otherwise break open the bags and remove the leaves
Corn cobs - take too long to decompose
Anything that has been treated with chemicals
Shredded newspaper in small amounts
Weed seeds and weeds that have been removed from the garden
Wood shavings, sawdust or fire ash
Dog and cat faeces
Household dust and hair
Garden waste - leaves, non-woody pruning's and grass cuttings
Used Sanitary towels and tampons
Leaves from trees in Autumn
Plastic bags in any shape . size or form
Old Bills and other plain paper documents shredded or torn into smaller pieces
Any paper products that have a plastic coating like cereal boxes etc.
Very old cotton towels and sheets - torn or cut into smaller pieces
Used printer cartridges
Cardboard egg cartons broken up into smaller pieces
Cigarette butts and ash
Spoiled rice/ almond / soy / coconut milk
Any chemically treated wood products
Coffee Filters provided they are produced from natural fibres
If you in any way unsure what can be included, rather err on the side of caution and leave it out.
Many people may ask where the savings would come in if they do not have a garden large enough to need the compost that has been produced from what you have included in the compost heap, but look at the savings in terms of less garbage to remove, which means less trucks on the road and less fuel being used for this task. Even if you only have a very small garden or just some house plants - they will thrive with the nutrition they will draw out of the compost you have created.
Another trick is to place some of the compost in a watertight container, add some water and let it stand for at least two weeks, frequently releasing the air that has built up in the container and then using that "black gold" water to fertilize your vegetable garden or your house plants. Its concentrated nutrition.
If you have enough, share it with your neighbours and family - they will definitely love you for it.
In our fast paced world we all live in today, it seems as if sleep is over-rated.
People are working harder and harder, many taking work home with them and working until late at night.
Once they are done and then move on to bed, they are struggling to get to sleep and it's no wonder.
This type of lifestyle and stress will inevitably start taking a toll on body and soul and it's not one that we suggest or support, but here are 10 steps you can use to ensure that when you do go to bed, that it's the best quality sleep that awaits you to help revive and restore you.
Are you aware that ants, cockroaches and pantry moths(weevils) gather in the kitchen because its normally warm and it has a plentiful food supply?
If you have firsthand experience of this, then you know that pesticides are the last thing that you want to use to curb this problem, especially in the kitchen area.
So what is the answer? There are natural alternatives that are as effective, if not more so, than toxic pesticides and there is the old favourite, common sense. If these little invaders have nothing to eat, they cannot have a party!
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