What to use and not to use in your compost.

You can use this in the compost pile


  • Withered flowers and stems
  • Cut flowers
  • hedge clippings
  • Remains from vegetables and fruits
  • Fallen leaves
  • Falling Fruit
  • Discarded potted plants
  • Fertilizers from rabbits, chickens, horses, etc.
  • Twigs and branches cut into smaller pieces¹
  • Eggshells¹
  • Coffee filters with coffee¹
  • Tea leaves and filters¹
  • Paper towel¹
  • Orange Peel¹

¹ Can be composted but takes a relatively long time to decompose.

Do not use in the compost pile.

  • Stinging plants, such as roses, thistles, tar, barberry, as they are unpleasant to handle.
  • Meat and remnants of prepared food as it smells and can attract rats and foxes.
  • Fertilizer from cats and dogs as it may contain parasites that infect humans.
  • Shells from sprayed bananas and citrus fruits as the sprays can inhibit degradation.
  • Ash from the stove as it contains many toxic heavy metals.
  • Pressurized wood, newspapers, and magazines with ink as they can contain toxic substances.
  • Weeds – especially weeds in flower and roots from perennial weeds such as squash cabbage.²
  • Sick plants, for example, plants with radiation spots, mildew or the like, and plants that are attacked by pests.²

² Applies only to cold composting. Plant diseases such as cabbage herb, potato mold or rust diseases you must be careful with. But it assumes temperatures will reach about 50 degrees inside the compost.