All about composting

Can you grow your own mushrooms?

In a discussion I was having with someone about making compost from kitchen and garden waste, the question came up about whether we could use our own compost for growing our own mushrooms. I’ve always known that mushrooms will only grow when the conditions are exactly right and that they will grow if they have
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Can you put carrots in compost?

Here’s another vegetable that generates peel and trimmings. All of which can be fed to the pet rabbit. But what if you don’t have a rabbit to tidy this up. Can you put carrots in compost? Yes you can. Carrots will rot as fast as anything else when you put them into compost. We should
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How moist should a compost pile be?

You have a compost heap on the go and you make regular additions to it. The mass of the heap will gradually grow and there may be times when you look at it and wonder if it’s moist enough for the compost to form. Excess moisture is unlikely in a free-draining compost bin or tumbler
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Can you put paper towels in the compost?

Someone contacted Rolypig.com and asked about putting paper towels in compost. Everyone uses paper towels, they are highly convenient and relatively cheap. Whenever there’s a spill it’s so easy to grab one from the roll to mop up and you’re done. But where do you dispose of it? All to often people throw it out
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Can I put eggs in the compost?

This isn’t something that’s going to happen many times but occasionally we’re going to be lumbered with the problem of having an egg or two that needs to be disposed of. There won’t be a problem if you put the odd egg in with compost. I’ve done it. I suspect most people have and I
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Can I put cooked food in the compost?

Most of us who make compost know that we can make it from vegetable peels, apple cores, clippings and trimmings from the garden. But some aren’t sure about what to do with cooked food waste from the kitchen. Can any of this go in the compost with everything else? Yes, you can put cooked food
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Can tomatoes be used in compost?

We’ve all handled the odd tomato that looks like it’s gone past it. The thing is, can we put tomatoes in the compost with everything else? Yes tomatoes can be used in compost but think about this: 1.Tomatoes are acidic This will mean that you may need to add something to neutralize the acidity. There’s
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