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Home Composting > What's In...? What's Out...?

Your GEM will not give you any problems as long as the right balance of materials, air & moisture are used.

  WHAT's IN from the House: Greens   WHAT's IN from the Garden: Browns
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Rice and other grains
  • Roti, paratha and naan
  • Sabji, vegetable curries
  • Baked items including bread
  • Egg shells (important source of calcium for the compost)
  • Coffee grounds
  • Used tea leaves and bags
  • Coffee filters
  • Shredded paper (newspaper,
    cereal boxes, paper packaging etc.).
  • Dry leaves
  • Dead leaves (still green)
  • Grass cuttings
  • Weeds
  • Plants and plant cutting
    (non-diseased) twigs etc
    (break into smaller pieces).
  • Soil
  • Neem khali
  WHAT's OUT from the House   WHAT's OUT from the Garden
  • All meat including Butter Chicken !
  • Fish curry and shell fish
  • Bones
  • Fat, grease, oils
  • All dairy products including cheese & curd
  • Vacuum cleaner bags
  • Textiles (rags)
  • Glossy and colourful print material
    Plastics (certainly out)
  • Weeds that have gone to seed
  • Diseased plants
  • Large branches and roots
  • Dog and cat waste
  • Plants previously
    sprayed with


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