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How to Compost Orange Peel

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Overview

Once you actively begin to create compost in a compost bin outside, one thing you often begin to do is collect kitchen scraps inside. Eggshells, coffee grounds, fruit scraps and vegetable scraps are ideal composting ingredients to add to your compost bin. These kitchen scraps are "green materials" that add nitrogen to compost. As you save scraps, like orange peels and banana peels, it will soon become habit to toss them in a bucket instead of throwing them in the garbage can.

Step 1

Collect your orange peels and other kitchen scraps in a bucket, instead of discarding these items into the trash. Keep the bucket covered to minimize odors and insects.

Step 2

Empty the bucket with the orange peels and other kitchen scraps into the compost bin two or three times per week. Pour the contents of the bucket onto the top of the compost bin.

Step 3

Add a layer of brown ingredients immediately after adding the green layer of kitchen scraps. Add five to eight times more brown ingredients than green ingredients. For example, if you added 2 inches of kitchen scraps, add at least 10 inches of brown ingredients.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not compost orange peels unless they are organic. Composting inorganic orange peels will add pesticides to your compost.

Things You'll Need

  • Orange peels
  • Other kitchen scraps
  • Bucket
  • Brown materials (straw, hay, sawdust and dried leaves)
  • Compost bin

References

  • Eco Salon: Guide to Compost
Keywords: create compost, orange peels, green materials

About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributer to Natural News. She is an avid gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and computer user. She is interested in natural health and hopes to direct her focus toward earning an RN degree.