Adding “Browns” (organic, dry and carbon rich materials) speeds up compost of food scraps in an aerobic bin. What’s Stacey’s favorite Brown if if she doesn’t have leaves? Watch and find out!
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Post in comments what we use for compost browns: brown paper bags (<–torn or non-synthetic soiled that can't be reused) and other paper that isn't shiny/plastic lined or synthetic colored. Sometimes the food soiled parts of (unlined) cardboard pizza boxes. The outer paper wrap from Tony's Chocolonely large bars composts pretty quickly and serves as browns in our food scrap pile too!
The C:N ratio is not really followed here. One needs a good ratio 15:1 to make the compost rich and black. I do this myself and it takes about a month to be ready to use. Adding ingredients later – after most of the pile has decomposed – is not ideal, as it will not have enough heat to ‘cook’ it properly.