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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:17 pm 
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Is there one vegetable you don't compost? The one vegetable I don't put in my pile is avocado. The rinds take forever to break down and the pits sprout. Is there anything you don't compost as a rule?


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You can put it all in, but even with my slow-composting heaps (I build a new one each year and the one I'm using is typically two years old) I tend to not put in peach or avocado pits. They are very slow to break down and just in case the dogs get into the compost I don't want them choking on pits. Mango seeds also - they're really slow to break down, so I toss those in the trash.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:58 am 
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skunkywintergreen wrote:
Is there one vegetable you don't compost? The one vegetable I don't put in my pile is avocado. The rinds take forever to break down and the pits sprout. Is there anything you don't compost as a rule?

Back in another life, I was able to compost with all my kitchen waste by simply running everything (greens, tough skins, pits, etc) through a food processor and tossing it into a vermicompost pile. You may be familiar with this technique which is simply adding hungry worms to the pile and providing them with a few basic necessary items.

In order for your worms to thrive, they need only regular feed (approx.50% brown matter and 50% green, don't worry just get close), moisture (just moist or they may drown), and finally darkness. Darkness is where many people can get a little whacky and spend to much time and money. Keep it simple and use either black construction plastic and a few well placed stakes or an inexpensive tarp with stakes. Add air slits every few inches around the covered sides and the worms will start their appointed duties.If you have a area with really poor soil, that is a great place to start as the soil will be vastly improved in this area and may become your "sweet" spot.

PS worms love coffee and tea grounds along with the filters, also your kitchen waste counts as green matter


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