A couple of months ago I finally broke down and built a compost bin. Nothing special, just some old boards I had on the property. Mainly I've just been composting yard clippings and clippings from fields on the property. There has been no shortage of materials as it's been pretty wet and you have to mow the grass at least once a week.
Well my brother manages a large dept. store, and I noticed while visiting him at his work, that they throw away alot of damaged foods: Banged up canned goods, crushed boxes of crackers, and all sorts of goodies. I was able to get a few jars of pickles and relish, a can of peaches, a can of english peas, box of saltine crackers. and three boxes of Caramel pocorn. Needless to say, I added it all to my heap today. Does this sound like a good mixture to add to my grass clippings?
I was also gonna ask about table salt. I didn't get any of it, but there was quite a few boxes in the trash can. Would salt be harmful to my pile? Now I also need to find someone who drinks coffee so I can get the spent grinds. Any advice to a fairly new composter would also be kindly appreciated. Thanks.