Can You Compost a Poinsettia?

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Dear Ms. Homesteader,

Now that the holidays are over, my poinsettia is dropping its red petals and becoming less attractive by the hour. My wife suggested throwing it in the compost pile, but I thought I remembered reading that poinsettias are poisonous. To compost or not . . . → Read More: Can You Compost a Poinsettia?

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Autumn Gold – Use Your Leaves to Make Compost

After a spectacular show of golden foliage, the locust tree out front is quickly losing all of its leaves. The leaves are small – not easy to rake up, but excellent for composting. The basic ‘recipe’ for compost is slightly more than half brown stuff, and slightly less than half green stuff. Brown . . . → Read More: Autumn Gold – Use Your Leaves to Make Compost

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.