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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 5:40 pm 

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Location: Grapevine, TX
About two weeks ago, I trimmed our Jasmine vines, and threw the trimmings into the compost pile. I turned them in really good. This morning, while turning the pile, I found those trimmings. They were as green as they were the day I threw them in.

My compost pile was pretty hot when I added them, and it still is, but those trimmings are not getting digested.

Does anyone know if Jasmine is a bad choice for composting?


PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:12 am 
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I would put the jasmine trimmings in there.

The only things I don't put in my compost are the things like grass burrs and poison ivy, because I don't want to accidentally come in contact with them or spread them. I usually also toss the smilax into the trash.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:20 am 

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Location: Arlington, Texas
I would also have put it in the pile.

Probably is taking a while to break down because the vine is so sturdy. When we put small cherry laurel branches in our pile, we see them for a while, too.

Just keep turning the jasmine back into the hottest part of your pile and they will break down.

One other idea, we have an electric hedge trimmer that I bought before I realized I had no intention of leaving our bushes as big as they were. :twisted:

So, when we pulled up our pole beans and our okra, I put it all in a big pile on the ground and used the hedge trimmer (kind of like a big electric knife) and just sliced down through the pile to the ground. After a dozen or so cuts, everything was in smaller chunks, was easier to put in the pile and -- I think -- was easier for the pile to break down.

Happy gardening!

God speed!
Take time to stop and smell the flowers!
(or... as my ladybug refrigerator magnet says
"take time to stop and eat the flowers!" :D)

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