March 25, 2010

Compost & Recycling

This was a pretty interesting article about what not to compost or recycle. I was surprised at a couple, I would of and probably have thrown walnut shells and rice in my compost pile. I won't anymore. Apparently they come with the wrong kind of bacteria and attract pests.

Walnuts: These contain juglone, a natural aromatic compound toxic to some plants.
Rice: Cooked rice is unusually fertile breeding ground for the kinds of bacteria you don't want in your pile. Raw rice attracts varmints.

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