I am very curious about your avoidance of the citrus and onion family. Many of us put those in with no observable problems.Lifestyle Lift Journey wrote:I don't add things below to the compost bin because they can cause maggots and other crawlies.
Not to add
Onion & onion family (chives, leeks, garlic etc)
Large wood chips
Diseased plants or weeds
I hope this helps.
There is a belief in some circles that citrus will throw the pH off, but unless your entire pile is mostly citrus peels, it's not going to have a significant effect. The organic acids will biodegrade, unlike mineral acids. They can take a bit longer to decompose, so I tend to chop them up in smaller pieces. I actually wonder about the acidity of the peels in the first place, obviously the flesh/juice is acidic, but do we really know about the peels?
As for the onion family, this is new to me, perhaps you can elaborate?
Just trying to upgrade my knowledge base. :-]