More than vegetable scraps can go in your compost pile, but there are also plenty of things to avoid putting in compost.
Gardeners break most ingredients down into browns (sources of carbon) and greens (sources of nitrogen).
While cantaloupe can be put in a compost pile, at least two people who have taken or are taking the master gardener program through the Maryland Cooperative Extension said adding cantaloupe to their compost piles made the piles attractive to groundhogs.
If you know there's a particular food that a nuisance animal in your area likes, don't add it to the compost pile, says Annette Ipsan, horticulture extension educator with the Washington County Office of the Maryland Cooperative Extension.
You can add rinsed eggshells and used potting soil to the compost pile, but don't add too much of the latter, Ipsan says.