Here's something you probably didn't know you could compost: pencil shavings. The thin wood shavings with residual graphite (pencils today are lead-free) are perfectly fine to toss into the compost bin. Mix them with all sorts of degrading organic matter, and they'll break down into beneficial mulch for your garden in no time. You can even sharpen pencils over houseplants and just rake the shavings right into the soil.
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