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Manure, compost and volunteer tomato question

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Post  The Cat's Other Mother on 6/3/2011, 9:53 pm

I walked down to my compost bin this morning to add kitchen scraps and rabbit poop, and saw that my volunteer tomato bush is still thriving and has produced a few nice-looking green tomatoes. I am wondering if these are going to be safe to eat, seeing as there is a layer of horse poop in that bin that probably isn't 100% composted yet, and certainly wouldn't have been when the tomato sprouted there.

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Re: Manure, compost and volunteer tomato question

Post  The Cat's Other Mother on 6/4/2011, 11:42 pm

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Re: Manure, compost and volunteer tomato question

Post  camprn on 6/4/2011, 11:50 pm

Yes they will be safe to eat and quite possibly the best tomatoes you will grow. At least I have found that to be the case with volunteers from the compost pile Very Happy

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Post  The Cat's Other Mother on 6/5/2011, 4:27 pm

Thanks! I am looking forward to trying them. Most of my bushes look like they are going to be Roma, but these look like the smaller 'on the vine' slicer type that I frequently buy at the grocery store. Very Happy

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Re: Manure, compost and volunteer tomato question

Post  TN_GARDENER on 7/13/2011, 4:34 pm

Like camprn, I've heard countless stories from folks about how their compost pile maters were their tastiest. Guess you could call em "free-range" maters.

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