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Hardiness Zone: 6a
Peggy from Chillicothe, OH
You can successfully compost all types of fruit and vegetable peelings from the kitchen. Meat scraps, dairy products, and high-fat foods like salad dressings and peanut butter can be composted too, but it is generally better to avoid them. They produce a rancid smell when decomposing that repels neighbors and attracts animals.
To speed up decomposition, food scraps should be chopped or cut up into small pieces and eggshells crushed. Here are some examples of items that can be composted. Some of them may surprise you:
Yes, you can!
Did you know that citrus peels are also good to put into your flower bed to keep stray (or ones belonging to the neighbors, who let them run loose) animals from using the beds for their litter area. Animals do not like citrus!
Maybe you'd want to snip them into strips or bits to hurry the composting. They remain recognizable a little longer than other materials, which is no problem.
Here is what I do with my orange peel. Remove as much of the white as possible, then grind it up in my coffee grinder. Let it dry half hour or som and store in plastic bag in freezer. I now have orange rind to add to many things I bake, especially biscotti.