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A Possible Sign of Good Compost?

Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 3/21/2012, 12:22 am

Tonight I went out to check the temperature of the compost bin and that's when I noticed that there's tiny plants growing out of the top of it. Most of them are probably veggie and fruit seeds but some of those plants are the mung bean sprouts that I threw on there over the weekend just to see what would happen.
Can I assume that the compost is fertile if plants grow out of it?
In a few days, I'll take some pictures of the plant growth and I'll post them here.

I'm not a composting expert at all but I do know a fair amount about it. I guess I'm just looking for something that tells me my compost pile will be great come planting season.
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Post  Tuxdad on 3/21/2012, 4:42 am

I've got a bunch of bulbs pushing up as well that I didn't chop up.. Guess it's a good thing ...Very Happy
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Re: A Possible Sign of Good Compost?

Post  RoOsTeR on 3/21/2012, 7:45 am

Most seeds will sprout just about anywhere with the right temps and a little moisture. Mung beans for example, you can "sprout" in a jar. No growing medium required. Some folks sprout in nothing but vermiculite or on a moist paper towel.
Not saying you don't have good compost though TTT I'm sure your compost is great stuff!

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 3/21/2012, 12:45 pm

@RoOsTeR wrote:Most seeds will sprout just about anywhere with the right temps and a little moisture. Mung beans for example, you can "sprout" in a jar. No growing medium required. Some folks sprout in nothing but vermiculite or on a moist paper towel.
Not saying you don't have good compost though TTT I'm sure your compost is great stuff!

I actually grew mung bean sprouts last week in a big plastic bowl.Those that I said were in my compost pile were just a few leftovers that I threw into the compost to see what would happen.

I remember reading something about aminopyralid being present in horse manure. One way to check to see if it's present in manure is to grow some things in it to see what would happen. Since I added horse manure at the end of last season, I was worried about it then. I contacted the woman who I got the horse manure from and she said that she's never had an issue with that because all of her family who gardens also uses that manure.

Just recently it started bothering me again(overthinking again I'm sure) and I thought I'd toss in some mung bean sprouts to see what would happen.

I'm just hoping that those bean sprouts plus all of the other miscellaneous growth is a sign that I don't have to worry about aminopyralid....I hope
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