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Can I Compost Lettuce and salad leaves?

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lettuceYes, you can compost lettuce and other salad leaves.

Because they’ve got a high water content and usually haven’t grown for longer enough to get tough or woody, salad leaves compost down incredibly quickly – as you’ll know if you’ve left any in your crisper drawer for slightly too long.

They won’t add a lot of bulk to your compost heap but they’ll help add extra moisture – if you’ve got a lot to get rid of, stir them in alongside some dry browns (like newspaper, egg boxes or sawdust) to stop the heap turning into a sludgy mess.

But be careful if the salad is covered in lots of dressing or the like – the oils or fats in the dressing may attract rats or other animals to your compost heap.

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