We have a compost bin rather than a heap. We put all sorts of things in it! Organic matter - vegetable peelings, fruit peel, pine needles off the Christmas tree, leaves that have fallen off houseplants (leaves from the garden get mulched in their own pile!), grass cuttings, etc - and also some paper and card to help prevent it turning anaerobic, so I empty our paper shredder into the compost bin and also pieces of kitchen paper after they've been used and the cardboard tubes from inside loo rolls (when not required for craft...) and kitchen paper. These are great as they introduce a pocket of air into the compost, so there is plenty of oxygen to keep it healthy.
I like the bin because with its lid it keeps the compost safe from rats and other vermin but it does reduce the exposure to the air!
My parents have a proper compost heap, so they don't put any cooked food on to discourage rats, though there was a mole nest in their one year - the babies looked so vulnerable when we found them! A heap is handy as it means they can plant vegetables directly into the sides of the heap - my mum's marrows are prize winning as a result!
I have a compost heap. It gets all the kitchen scraps, grass clippings, some cardboard and paper and I'm presently chopping up the stuff I cut out of my garden - lots of vines to be cut and put on the heap. I try to make sure it's in layers - so kitchen scraps get covered with grass clippings or garden rubbish so it doesn't end up smelling too much. I keep getting stuff growing out of the compost heap which is cool.
One word of caution - don't put any weeds on that you've just pulled up, or they will grow like wildfire! Some plants will sprout roots out of any cut, so even chopping them up first won't prevent them from doing well. All that compost is just the most fertile place for a determined weed.....
Put all my compost able scraps into freezer. Where I live, have a crepe myrtle, which I planted a year ago.
When the weather is hot, I take two bags out & place at base of tree. This gives it water & food!
It flowered recently for the first time, & the lavender flowers were just beautiful.
At my previous home, a big compost heap was in backyard, so as well as all the 'food' contributions, the cut grass went in. If wanting good soil, used to dig out from base, & there was this rich, moist, fecund soil.
My father had 2 compost heaps up the back yard. When 1 was full, he'd fill the 2nd 1. Both were covered over at night with tin sheets. My father had his going from the 50's-late '60's. He lived in Paris France for a lot of the time from '69-'76, then he died in '77. We've had 1 for years, in a large black plastic bin, with a lid. I put all vegetable scraps, pulled apart t-bags, & coffee grounds when I used a peculator,. With all our recycling we do, we only have 1 plastic bag of other rubbish bits & pieces, e.g. the plastic bags from the bread & from the packets of rice cakes. And all the fat I cut from the meat we buy, I put into a plastic bag in the freezer, to take down to feed the fish in the nearby river!!!.
i thought it was ok to put