A big thank you to the local Costa in Westcroft, Milton Keynes for agreeing to donate their coffee grounds. They will be a very welcome, nitrogen-rich addition to our garden compost. And while we’re on the subject of compost, we thought we’d post this infographic we found to help beginner composters to visualise a list of the “greens” and “browns” we should and shouldn’t be composting.
This list a starting point to see what works best for you – depending on your preferences. (Not everything on it will be for everyone. Some people will forgo composting grains like rice, pasta, and bread to help deter rats and mice. Others will decide that they would rather recycle newspapers than compost them.)
In terms of proportions, they say that it’s best to have about 4+ times as many “browns” as “greens”. If you’re concerned with having a speedy compost turnaround, then you’ll want to pay strict attention to proportions, but for those of us who are more concerned with avoiding sending the organic matter to landfill, we can sit back and let the compost work its magic over time – only having to step in if the bin starts to get too wet and smelly, in which case we need to add more “browns” and cut back on the “greens” for a while, or if it isn’t breaking down, in which case we need to add some “greens” and turn it over for some aeration.