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what is a food item that composts very quickly? Answered

I hope to learn what I can put in my compost bin, that would be ready for planting in spring...

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Re-designBest Answer (author)2010-10-02

Any vegetable matter. Stalks and grasses should be chopped fine. Mellons should cut in small pieces.

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NachoMahma (author)Re-design2010-10-02

. +1. Even woody material breaks down fairly quickly if you turn it into small pieces first..

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steveastrouk (author)NachoMahma2010-10-02

...and pee on it occasionally. Male for preference apparently,

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OSUID13 (author)2010-10-27

Anything with protein tends to attract vermin, and creates smell, so no meat scraps, or egg shells if your neighbors live close. I use all kitchen waste like carrot tops, potato peels, the insides of bell peppers, the slop leftover from carving a jack-o-lantern, apple peels etc. ( seeds from pumpkins etc can turn into seedlings later on if your compost bin does not generate the required heat...)

I also add a shovel full of good soil to get the micro organism population started a bit faster, add worms whenever it rains and they are all over my patio, and a half a cup of molasses to really get things moving. I have good results, and mix up the variety with random grass clumps or weeds from the neighbors etc. variety is your friend.

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seandogue (author)2010-10-02

Bananas "take the cake" in my experience. Or perhaps Mushrooms.

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rickharris (author)2010-10-02

Almost anything that once grew - DON'T put Meat or fish in it unless you like rats and flies. Turn once or twice and it should be ready next year - Adding chicken manure helps the rotting process.

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