So I bought a new house this year. It's in the middle of nowhere and there's plenty of land for me to start growing. I quickly made friends with my neighbor who has horses and he gave me two trailerfulls of manure. I added this to what looks to be three years worth of fallen live oak leaves and it's cooking nicely.
Being that I'm a professional chef, I have access to a very large amount of kitchen scraps (30lb. or so on the average night). It dawned on me recently that I could be taking the stuff we throw away at the end of the night home to add to another compost heap. That being said, there's such a wide variety of stuff that I'm having trouble sorting out what might be usless or even harmful to my compost. I'll list some common stuff that I could easily bring home every night and if anyone has the time and inclination, I'd love to get some feedback on whether or not it's worth using and why. Thanks in advance to anyone that can help.
Raw corn cobs
Raw shrimp shells
Raw lemon/lime/orange wedges
Coffee and tea grounds
Corn husks and silk
I think that's a pretty good cross-section of what I managed to get tonight without going into the obvious stuff, like lettuce cores and the like. Is there anything in there that shouldn't go into a compost pile?