Man using a fork to shift compost in an allotment.

It’s no secret that a great compost pile is a excellent way to feed your organic vegetable garden. While lots of the ingredients for a successful compost pile can come directly from your kitchen in the kind of food scraps, typically these aren’t enough to create that enormous beautiful heap that most anglers desire. Because of this, I will let you in on a couple of methods to score free compost ingredients that I’ve come up with over the years.


Used coffee grinds are a famous compost ingredient that could be obtained for free from most coffee shops. Most individuals call the coffee shops and ask them if they could have their used coffee grinds for their compost piles, but my background in dumpster diving has led me to lean towards this path instead. A few neighborhood coffee shops will be able to provide more than enough coffee grinds to your compost pile


It is another common material used for composting that may sometimes be obtained at no cost. Zoos, feedlots, farms, dairy farms and cattle farms are terrific places to score free manure. Not all manure is created equal, however. Someone thinking beyond the box might feel that their cat’s litter box could be a fantastic place to score some free manure, but this is a large no-no. The issue here is that cats are meat-eating animals and their waste will commonly contain harmful bacteria such as e coli. The same is true for dogs and other meat-eating creatures. The waste from such creatures is dangerous and should not be applied as compost.

Paper towels are just another compost ingredient that may help lighten your rubbish load. While paper towels aren’t free, most individuals don’t understand they can be composted and they just throw them off. Don’t hesitate to throw those paper towels directly into your mulch pile, but not if they have been soaked in chemical cleansers. Also it’s an excellent idea to bury them on your compost pile to ensure that they don’t dismiss and litter the surrounding region.

Finding the way

You could always find someone willing to give their grass clippings to your mulch pile, however that is just another ingredient that one has to be wary of. Grass clippings from grass fed with chemical fertilizers shouldn’t be used, particularly on compost piles to be used on organic gardens. These chemicals will stay in the bud and not just make it more difficult to break down, but they will also be released into your mulch pile and then into your backyard. Another factor to look out for with grass clippings is weed remnants. Most lawns, especially untreated ones, aren’t entirely free of weeds. These weeds will be cut together with the grass and deposited into your compost pile or garden to grow and take over. Most individuals don’t realize this fact until it’s too late.

Wood ash from your fireplace or a neighbors fireplace can also be able to be composted. This is considered”brown” material so it’s carbon-rich. More brown materials which may be obtained without cost are sawdust (not from treated forests ), dry leaves, brown paper bags, used coffee filters, and egg shells.

Nitrogen factor

On the opposite side of the fence are “green” materials that are full of nitrogen. It’s important to remember that neither of these names are referring to the colour of the materials by any means, but instead the element that they’re based on. Having a fantastic balance of both is always ideal. Green ingredients which could be composted include grass clippings, fruit and vegetable peelings, manure, plant cuttings (all of which we’ve mentioned) and SEAWEED! Seaweed is a great nitrogen-rich compost material that the sea is continually delivering to our beaches and beaches. If you live close to the ocean and have the ability to collect seaweed on the beach or in the water you would be mad not to use it on your compost heap.