Not for gardening, but for credit card offers! If you receive a boat load of pre-approved offers each week, why not add them to your compost pile?
You can shred them and add them to your pile. It would help to offset the green matter that you would be adding from mowing the lawn or harvesting vegetables. Although they cannot be the exclusive addition of dry matter to your pile, they can help things out and keep things out of your local landfill.
There are a couple of different ways to have a compost pile. You could have a slow pile that would be comprised of just a pile that you turn when you think of it. You could also have a barrel of sorts. There are so many different ways to have a barrel system that you would not believe. Search “compost barrel” on Google to see all the different options to either buy or make yourself. Many of the barrels online are pricy and you can save a lot of money by building your own.
Other things to keep in mind is to never put things like dairy or meat into your compost pile. This will cause rodents and stench to come to your compost pile. You need to turn your compost pile on a regular basis to keep it going hot! (Hot is a term to indicate that the microbes are eating away at what you gave them.) You need to introduce microbes to your pile at some point. I have found that it is easy to do using about 3-4 cups of commercially produced compost, such as Cedar Grove Compost. Just keep turning it and keep it moist like a wrung out sponge and in 6-8 weeks you could have compost depending on how you have it going.
Do you have a compost pile? Do you have any tips for others?