Keep Your Compost At Its Best

At home composting has gained in popularity in recent years, as more families try to reduce waste, and save on grocery bills by having their own gardens. There are many benefits to composting, and many ways to do it.

As many of us get in the spirit for the gardening season, it’€™s important to keep a few things in mind when composting. Below are a few tips from the Wisconsin DNR to help your compost pile work at its best.

What Can You Compost?

  • Grass clippings
  • Weeds and garden debris
  • Small brush and twigs
  • Wood ash
  • Sawdust and wood chips
  • Egg shells*
  • Coffee Grounds*

*Check with your local community to see if food scraps may be composted in your area.

What Shouldn’t You Compost?

    • Meat, bones, fat
    • Dairy products
    • Oils
    • Whole branches and logs
    • Pet or human Waste
    • Charcoal Briquette ash
    • Sawdust or ash from treated wood

Troubleshooting Your Compost Pile

Is your compost pile not working like it should? Take a look at the chart below for some troubleshooting tips.

Compost Problems

Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources