Sunday, October 4, 2009

Compost Suprise: A Cautionary Tale

Previously, I cautioned about putting seeds in your compost pile. The reason seeds in the compost can be a bad idea is that home compost piles don't always get hot enough to kill the seeds. So, the risk is spreading seeds throughout your gardens. Although this is can increase a weed problem, not that compost volunteers are all bad. If you don't mind plants coming up where they will, watching things grow and discovering what they are can be fun.

Last fall, I didn't follow my own advice. We put a bunch of bad vegetables, squashes, and pumpkins on our compost pile. As you can see, these were the results.

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