Its OK, it was meant to. And I wasn’t wearing them at the time.
You might remember that when I re-started my compost back in early February I was experimenting with composting a few things other than garden waste and kitchen scraps.
Vacuum cleaner dust has been successful as it is so fine and contains hair, which is supposed to be a great compost addition. The worst thing that could happen is that a couple of pieces of Lego will emerge in the garden at some stage, but that will give the archeologists something to puzzle over.
The jeans, that were torn and no use to pass on to anyone else went in ‘as is’. I thought it might take a year or so for them to break down and I was ok with that, as I knew it would take us some time to fill the bin. But the compost has been rocketing along and within about two and a half months the jeans have been reduced to this…
The fabric falls apart as soon as it is touched. Soon I’ll just have to fish out the zipper and that will be that.
I had also put in some of my daughter’s threadbare cotton pyjamas. All that was left of them today was the elastic waistband!
My only real problem with the compost is that we’re not producing enough to fill up the bin (and I can’t fill it up entirely with old clothes!) I’ve added some grass clippings, but as ours is the dreaded Couch/Bermuda grass I’m hesitant as everything I’ve read says to avoid putting running weeds in the compost unless you know for sure it’s going to be hot enough to cook.
There will be some autumn leaves to add soon at least. Now that it’s getting cooler the compost will slow down a little, but I’ll keep adding and turning and thinking of the day I’ll have some lovely rich compost to add to the garden!
Has anyone else had success with – or have ideas for – composting other unusual items?
Other than something that might constitute ‘evidence’ that is ;)