We are starting a garden again this year. After a semi successful start last year (above picture), we are trying again, this time with one more squarefoot garden raised bed and a modified mix made of compost(cow manure, leaf compost), vermiculite and peat moss.
We also made a Garbage CanCompost Bin which will be ready for next year or sooner - it's our first time so I will report back. To make it I drilled holes in the trash bin which are about 1/4 inch in diameter; cleaned it out and started piling our kitchen scraps. I also composted some junk mail, newspapers, and trimmings from my lawn.
It's great to know that this also saves these from the landfill and will be put into good use. My county should look at this exapmle of a citywide composting in SF It's definately going to save everyone on trash bills - our trash output so far has cut by more than half! Here is a list of what can be composted from recycling revolution
Almost all yard waste can be added to your compost.
unused potting soil and mix
Much of your food waste can be composted.
tea leaves and bags
vegetable and fruit scraps and peels
stale bread and cereal
Other items that you can compost include:
small amounts of wood ash
vacuum bag contents
What shouldn't I compost?
Some items either do not degrade well, attract insects and pests, or might contain diseases or chemicals that would contaminate the compost.
human and pet feces (including kitty litter)
other fatty items
This year we are going to be planting beets, carrots, red chard, lettuce, and some herbs - parsley, basil, chives, tomatoes, collards, kale, arugula, radishes, watermelon, beans, peppers, cucumbers.
We may also look into a blueberry bush and more strawberries.
I am looking into a way to convert the rainwater for my garden by using a Rain Barrel