Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing December 2016
by trolleydriver Today at 6:06 pm

» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by AtlantaMarie Today at 5:51 pm

» New Member
by Kelejan Today at 4:59 pm

» Tomato Tuesday 2016
by Ginger Blue Today at 4:48 pm

» CHALLENGE - Smallest possible footprint
by sfg4uKim Today at 1:19 pm

» Calcium and Magnesium Deficiency
by sanderson Today at 12:43 pm

» Facebook - SFG Foundation postings
by sanderson Today at 12:32 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson Today at 12:05 pm

» Anyone out there tried crosne tubers?
by sanderson Today at 11:52 am

» New England, December 2016
by CapeCoddess Today at 11:32 am

» California's Drought
by countrynaturals Today at 11:21 am

» Mid-South: December 2016
by AtlantaMarie Today at 7:40 am

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Today at 4:16 am

» N&C Midwest: December 2016
by GardenGal Today at 2:14 am

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 5:21 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 12:13 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:44 am

» Garlic: Freeze, thaw, and heave
by camprn Yesterday at 7:05 am

» Garbanzo (Chickpeas, Cicer arietinum) and Kidney Beans
by BeetlesPerSqFt 12/7/2016, 11:28 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals 12/7/2016, 10:43 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising 12/7/2016, 9:43 pm

» GF Collard Greens, Kale Recipes
by BeetlesPerSqFt 12/7/2016, 12:49 pm

» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson 12/7/2016, 11:48 am

» Bon fires on the Levee
by Cajun Cappy 12/6/2016, 12:17 pm

» Mid-Atl - Dec 2016 - Seed Catalog ?
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:24 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:21 pm

» Amaranth
by countrynaturals 12/5/2016, 12:06 pm

» Live and learn
by jimmy cee 12/5/2016, 9:08 am

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by countrynaturals 12/4/2016, 2:04 pm

» Mychorrhizae Fungi
by audrey.jeanne.roberts 12/4/2016, 1:28 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Is It OK to Compost Old Veggies

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Is It OK to Compost Old Veggies

Post  rabbithutch on 5/20/2014, 5:28 pm

We seem to be the worst at using the veg we buy in the supermarket and much of it seems to wilt away before we use it.  We frequently toss tomatoes and peppers and lettuce and other greens.  Since I've started the compost pail routine, I decided to try putting the bell peppers and tomatoes in the compost pail with the other veg that does not contain seed.

Have I made a mistake?  I don't think my compost pile is hot enough to kill seeds.  Although I doubt any seeds will survive and take root, I wondered if there might be any harm from tossing them in.

TIA 

rabbithutch

Male Posts : 293
Join date : 2014-02-08
Location : central TX USA Zone 8a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Is It OK to Compost Old Veggies

Post  plantoid on 5/20/2014, 7:01 pm

Look into compost 101 thread from start to finish ...to learn how to make a good balanced compost . Tomato seeds often do survive a poorly make composting session .

 In compost 101 you'll learn how to get the heat up using air and a bit of high nitrogen stuff, as well as how to cover the heap , keep it moist so the heat pasteurises the middle .

Once the temps reach about 140 oF 7 start to drop a tad you then turn the middle out to the outer edges and the outer edges go into the middle light water spray it as you rebuild the heap and re- cover it .

plantoid

Male Posts : 3636
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 65

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Is It OK to Compost Old Veggies

Post  camprn on 5/20/2014, 7:23 pm

@rabbithutch wrote:We seem to be the worst at using the veg we buy in the supermarket and much of it seems to wilt away before we use it.  We frequently toss tomatoes and peppers and lettuce and other greens.  Since I've started the compost pail routine, I decided to try putting the bell peppers and tomatoes in the compost pail with the other veg that does not contain seed.

Have I made a mistake?  I don't think my compost pile is hot enough to kill seeds.  Although I doubt any seeds will survive and take root, I wondered if there might be any harm from tossing them in.

TIA 
nope, go right ahead. if you happen to sprout a renegade vegetable plant you can leave it, transplant it or remove it as a weed. It is all good!

+1 what plantoid said!

____________________________

40 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books

Outlander is outstanding!


camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13984
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Is It OK to Compost Old Veggies

Post  Elizabeth on 5/23/2014, 11:45 am

I am a little confused.  You said "compost bucket".  Are you trying to compost in a bucket or is that your transport?  Hopefully transport.

When I first started composting I had a loose pile.  Since I live in a subdivision it got kind of messy and the neighbors did not appreciate my effort to make use of kitchen scraps, leaves and grass clippings.  Now I have 2 4'x4'x4' bins, made from scrap lumber and chicken wire, adjacent to each other.  The front is 18" tall.  Makes it easier for me to turn from one bin to the other.

Vegetables rarely "go bad" at our house but if they do I remove the seeds and cut them into smaller chunks - 1" - so they will compost quicker.  The trimmings from the fruits and vegetables used in my kitchen are cut into smaller chunks and the seeds are removed.  I just don't want the hassle of pulling the random volunteer plant from the compost.  I don't always turn my bins as frequently as I should so they don't always get hot enough to kill seeds. 

Depends on how much time and effort your put into the maintenance of your compost. 

Hopefully you have a mixture of browns and greens going into your compost and not just kitchen scraps.

Good luck

Elizabeth

Female Posts : 91
Join date : 2012-11-25
Age : 63
Location : Lafayette, LA zone 9b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Is It OK to Compost Old Veggies

Post  camprn on 5/23/2014, 12:23 pm

I throw everything into the compost and don't faff about with removing seeds and what not because it's all going into the bin to rot.

Here is a thread about compost containers we all use.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t9800p120-show-us-your-kitchen-compost-container?highlight=show+us+your

____________________________

40 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books

Outlander is outstanding!


camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13984
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Is It OK to Compost Old Veggies

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 5/23/2014, 1:24 pm

I am growing virtually all heirloom seed plants.  I throw everything except cantaloupe seeds in the compost (I do allow just a little of them) and let my pile heat up as high as it will.  Out of that I get quite a few starts in my garden.  If they're well placed I leave them, if there are too many I pull the up or give them away to neighbors and friends.  

My natural garden starts always see to catch up to my early greenhouse starts and they're a lot easier!  Any "weed" plants are certainly easier to pull up than regular weeds anyhow.

It's so easy that I have 7 or 8 spaghetti squash growing in a garden with virtually no work on my part and I have families that can use the help lined up to take the excess fruit when they're ready.

audrey.jeanne.roberts

Posts : 1866
Join date : 2012-12-07
Location : Central Calif Mtns.

View user profile http://audreyjeanne-roberts.artistwebsites.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Is It OK to Compost Old Veggies

Post  Sponsored content Today at 6:15 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum