|Keep your compost clean and healthy.|
Anything that goes into the compost pile gets pooped on, eaten up and pooped out. That poop grows your food. We all have poo, even the tiniest of buggies that live in your gardens.
And now you're thinking, where is she going with this? Do I want to keep reading? Yes. You do. Don't wuss out here.
Poop is gold for your garden. Not all poop. Just some poop. Obviously, you want good, safe poop. The healthy stuff.
How do you grow good poop? You start with good food for all the creatures in your garden that are providing you, free of charge, all the poop you can handle. What goes into your compost will eventually end up in your mouth. So keep it clean.
No synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. That means no treated grass clippings or shrub trimmings that have been sprayed with insecticides.
No household cleaners, paints, etc.
No cooking oils; they disrupt the moisture balance.
No diseased or infested plants.
No used personal products. Eww.
No dairy products. Stinky.
No rice, bread or meats; they will attract rodents. Rice is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria.
No walnuts; they contain a compound that is toxic to some plants.
No human or pet poo. Fresh manure from non-carnivorous animals can be composted, but most must be allowed to compost and age several months before use in the vegetable garden.
No shiny or heavily printed papers.
Now that you have the don't-add list, you are free to add just about any other organic matter to your compost pile. Even your toenail clippings, unpaid bills and toilet paper rolls. The microorganisms, one-celled creatures, worms, mites and nematodes will work together to eat up all that good stuff and turn your waste into black gold for your garden.