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can i compost sweetcorn plants .dahlias etc  when they get cut back  .any information on what can and cant be used..


  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Anything that's ever been alive will rot sooner or later; some things take so long that they aren't worth including in a compost heap/bin, such as leather, bones  and cotton fabric.  Whatever you compost, the smaller you can break it down, the quicker it will rot.  The sort of material you mention can sometimes be chopped up by spreading it over the lawn (if you have one) and running the mower over it.  Bulky non-woody stuff often benefits from crushing with a hammer.
  • alun6alun6 Posts: 17
    thanks  for the info i have plenty to chop up .
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,942
    Pretty much all top growth of perennials , and annuals is fine @alun6 :)
    If you're concerned about anything else in addition to josusa's advice, there's also quite a few composting threads too, if you take a look using the search facility at the top of the page. 

    @josusa47 - re the leather, bones and cotton - have you been trying to bury a body?  :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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