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Post  point on 4/5/2017, 2:08 pm

I have a few pounds of organic buckwheat hulls that were used as Japanese neck pillow stuffing. 

Do you think I can mix it into my SFG?  The hulls are non-toxic, supposedly, but will they create air pockets in the MM that won't give roots proper anchoring?  It's like hollow vermiculite.

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Re: Buckwheat hulls in compost OK?

Post  sanderson on 4/6/2017, 3:29 am

Point. I don't know the correct answer. Maybe someone else will come along and reply.

I wouldn't put the hulls in the beds because they are not composted. It will probably take a long time for them to break down, and meanwhile, they would tie up the nitrogen. Maybe use them in the compost pile? I tried composting peanut shells and after 2 years, they were still there. Razz

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 4/6/2017, 9:01 am

Hi Point!
I haven't seen you around, but it looks like you've been here longer than me - so Hello! Smile
It looks like buckwheat hulls are sometimes sold as a mulch, so you could use them on top of the MM ~1/2" thick per one site), rather than inside it. Another site mentioned that one will need to keep them moist to prevent them from blowing away.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/6/2017, 4:17 pm

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:Another site mentioned that one will need to keep them moist to prevent them from blowing away.

I was thinking mulch, too, but it kind of defeats the purpose if you have to keep watering the mulch.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/6/2017, 5:27 pm

I think I would compost it as a brown.
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Post  camprn on 4/7/2017, 7:17 am

I would put it into the compost bin.

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Post  point on 4/12/2017, 2:15 pm

Thank you all.

Beetles, I don't write much on the forum, but I sure do read it.   Irrigating mulch would get expensive, especially if the town decides to announce a drought again this year.

So I'll take the plunge and put the hulls in one bed only after composting.
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