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Post  Shoda on 6/25/2010, 8:53 pm

I think I am going to give up on my pea plants as they now have powdery mildew on most of the foliage and the snow peas are very, very bitter. Is it safe to compost these or do I need to toss them in the trash?
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Post  Wyldflower on 6/25/2010, 9:14 pm

I think they need to be trashed.... I just checked the EPA's recommendations on what to compost, and they say any diseased plants should not be added to your compost, as the disease can then spread to other plants when you use the compost.
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Re: Composting Diseased Pea Plants

Post  Shoda on 6/25/2010, 9:27 pm

Thanks. I didn't know there was a website to check on that! You are a great resource.
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Post  boffer on 6/25/2010, 9:30 pm

I never would have thought to look there. I read Wyld's post and my first thought was: 'not that EPA?!'
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Post  Wyldflower on 6/25/2010, 9:32 pm

EPA isn't my favorite federal agency.... but it was the first result when I did a yahoo-search.
Besides, what they say makes sense in this case!

They agree with VegWeb.com, too.
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