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 when you put them into compost, in the right conditions, as fast as
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How moist should a compost pile be?

A compost pile should be moist enough for the microbial life forms to function. There is no need to focus on an exact measurement for compost moisture. Any level of moisture in compost will encourage decomposition, even if it’s just damp. It takes surprisingly little moisture for mould and other fungi to start growing. When
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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 to 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 compost 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 them 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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