Using Garbage for Organic Compost

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Kitchen scraps are an interesting and effective way to enhance your organic compost pile. Learn to include garbage as one of your compost materials from a professional organic gardener in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Jeff Belli

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Alright, now here's a very interesting ingredient that we put in the compost pile. And this is our kitchen garbage, kitchen scraps. And, as you see, we use a pretty good, big can for that because we're eating as vegetarians--live raw food diet. So we eat a lot of foods that end up parts of it we don't want. Here we have a coconut, which coconut core is very good material in the compost. It's woody, it's fibrous, and it holds a lot of moisture, which is what we want to do in the compost pile. So, the compost--the garbage--in here, we use all the garbage. A lot of people say that we shouldn't use the citrus, but we use all of it. We have found that it breaks down, that all the bugs and everything, it doesn't seem to bother them. One important thing about your garbage, though, is that you don't want to put any oily products in your garbage. You don't want to put any fats or grease from meats. You don't want to put any meats in here. If you put any of those types of ingredients in your compost, you're going to end up with raccoons, and all kinds of animals, coyotes, whatever likes meat is going to come into here and tear your compost apart. And so we don't want any meat products in your compost, or oil, or grease.