Newbie Q ~ What can I compost?
This will be my first go of composting and I have oodles of questions but my biggest Q is what can I compost? Any thoughts or guidance from y'all would be very much appreciated.
Here is a bit about my set up.
-I'm in Chicagoland so think cold winters and hot summers.
-My piles will be in full sun
-My "baskets" are about 4' in diameter and 3' tall
-I have about 10 baskets made up so far. I plan to start by filling 5. In about a month or so I'll transfer the contents of one basket into an empty basket. That's how I'll turn it.
-I'm starting with mulched leaves and grass and some coffee grounds from the local coffee place.
-I'm thinking about lining the baskets with black landscape fabric. My thought is that the black material will absorb the sun and heat things up a bit more while still allowing it to breathe. Thoughts? Is this a waste of time or does it have some value?
Now, can I compost the following stuff?
*Herbs - I have a LOT of mint, mustard seed, chives, etc. I've read NOT to compost herbs because they are so proliferate.
*Wild Grape Vine - Can this be composted or will I just be setting it up to reproduce?
*Mulch - I have a free endless supply of mulch readily available. Should I add mulch to the piles? How would or wouldn't that be helpful?
*Peppers, Tomatoes, other stuff from the garden - Will this stuff decompose or will it seed and sprout new plants?
Weeds/Nightshade/MorningGlory - Again, will this stuff decompose or am I just giving it a breading ground?
Pine Needles - ?
Any guidance and help is super gratefully appreciated :) Thanks!!!!