Making Your Own Compost With Simple Household Items

If you're looking for some secrets on how to make your own compost from common things, you're in the right place.

This page has a few ideas on how to make your own compost to help support your good and healthy garden.

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Making compost for your garden is easy. There are so many household items that we take no notice of and throw out each day. For example, paper and hair are two annoying things that we always seem to have too much of around the house. The nitrogen content of hair is actually higher than the nitrogen content of manure.


1. Look around heaters or extraction vents in your house. Use the hair from these and mix it into the soil. Like stated above, hair has a higher nitrogen content than manure.

2. You know when you’re vacuuming and you get build ups of fluff on the carpet or end of vacuum cleaner? Yeah, that stuff works too! Mix it in.

3. Have any newspapers or old documents you need to get rid of? These work great when ripped up and/or shredded. Another option is emptying a shredder at home, work or a friends house. This can help hold moisture in your garden and breaks down to make good compost.

4. Food scraps are a great way to get your compost flowing nicely. They may stand out in your garden at first when you see vegetables smashed up everywhere but once they break down (in a few days), it won’t stand out at all. If you need a quick supply of compost, you can also blend all your food scraps, add an equal amount of water, and then water your plants with it. Avoid meat and dairy products.

5. Add some grass clippings to your compost. It is best to do this is small layers so put something between each layer of grass clippings and don’t forget to mix it every now and then to add air to the soil.

6. Tea bags and tea leaves can also be put in. Easy! No explanation needed!

7. Pine needles and pine cones can be mixed into the soil. Obviously something more woody like a large pine cone will take a while to compost but it still works.

8. Dry leaves, twigs and small branches can be put into the soil too. Be careful not to put in anything too big as it will take longer to compost.

9. After boiling your vegetables for dinner or another meal, let the water cool and pour it into the compost or soil. This water is nutrient rich and can really help your plants with growth.