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Category: Composting

  • How to Compost Clam, Mussel, and Oyster Shells 

    How to Compost Clam, Mussel, and Oyster Shells 

    You can compost seafood shells including clam shells, mussel shells, and oyster shells. You will have to clean them and crush them before adding them to your compost bin. If you don’t they will take too long to degrade. The shells will add valuable nutrients to your compost including nitrogen and calcium. They also contain…

  • Can You Put Shrimp Shells in the Compost Bin? 

    Can You Put Shrimp Shells in the Compost Bin? 

    Can you compost shrimp shells? Yes. Shrimp shells can be composted in a regular backyard compost bin or pile. They are great for compost. In composting, they are considered a ‘green’ material. They are rich in nitrogen and other valuable nutrients. Shrimp shells also contain materials that are beneficial for the microorganisms that decompose your…

  • Should I Put My Compost Bin in the Sun or Shade?

    Should I Put My Compost Bin in the Sun or Shade?

    Compost doesn’t require direct sunlight but some sunlight can speed up the decomposition process. Sunlight provides warmth, which makes decomposition more efficient. When deciding where to place your compost bin, aim for a warm environment that isn’t excessively hot. This creates the ideal conditions for bacteria, fungi, earthworms, and other beneficial organisms to decompose your…

  • Can You Compost Cork? Natural Wine Cork Disposal

    Can You Compost Cork? Natural Wine Cork Disposal

    Can you compost cork? The short answer is yes. Cork is compostable. It is a natural material that comes from a tree. That said, not all wine corks are compostable. Some corks are made from synthetic materials, such as plastics, that will not break down in your compost bin.    In this guide, we’ll go…