A-Z Composting

Home composting is as easy as pie if you know which ingredients to use. Here are some suggestions from indoors and outdoors.

A - apple cores

B - banana skins

C - coffee grounds

D - dry leaves

E - egg shells

F - flour bags

G - grass cutting

H - hedge clippings

I - ice cream packet, torn up

J - junk mail, torn up

K - kitchen roll tubes, torn up

L - lemon and orange peel

M - mouldy 'gone off' salad

N - nut shells

O - onion skins

P - plants and flowers

Q - Q-tips, if they are 100% paper and cotton

R - receipts, torn up

S - shredded paper

T - tea bags

U - uncooked food, but no meat or fish

V - vegetable peelings

W - weeds

X - Xbox cardboard packaging (a little tenuous!)

Y - your birthday gift wrap, no gloss/glitter

Z - zucchini, carrot and turnip tops

How to do it in 5-simple steps

Ideally you want a good mix of "greens" and "browns" and any paper or card products must be shredded or torn into smaller pieces.

  1. Mow the lawn.
  2. Save your uncooked, kitchen organic waste -  veg peelings, fruit peelings, broccoli stalks, old cabbage leaves....you get the idea. These are 'greens'. In your compost bin thoroughly mix together the grass cuttings and organic kitchen waste with the cardboard/paper 
  3. Put in a layer of cardboard/paper and then a layer of grass cuttings/kitchen organic waste. The layers should not be too thick, but you don't need to be too fussy.
  4. Keep repeating the process as you accumulate green and brown waste. Composting is not an exact science so don't worry if it gets a bit dry - just water it! If it gets a bit too wet and sludgy looking, just add a bit more cardboard/paper or woody prunings!
  5. Sit back and wait for the compost magic to happen. It can be in as little as 6 weeks with the right conditions!