Tomato skins?

denno(z7 NC)April 3, 2010

Towards the end of last summer, I decided to add any over ripe tomatoes that I had, to the worm bin. Like any of the other fruit and veggies I add, the worms consumed those tomatoes. But, when I harvested the castings last month, I did notice that I had the skins left over. I wondered if anyone knew of a reason, maybe chemical, why the skins are not consumed?

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steamyb(7)

Peanut shells and potato skins are also on that list. Nature provides a protective coating or a layer of cells on tubers that are extremely difficult to compost. This is how these things can be underground and not rot. Same thing happens in your compost bin.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2010 at 8:00AM
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Shaul(Israel)

I've had the same experience with melons. The paper-thin skin remains.

Shaul

    Bookmark   April 3, 2010 at 11:45AM
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mendopete

Also avacado skin looks like it did when you bought it!

    Bookmark   April 3, 2010 at 12:03PM
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denno(z7 NC)

Ok, thanks for the replies. I had not noticed about the potato skins and avocados, probably because I don't feed them to the worms, only in the compost pile.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2010 at 8:35AM
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rickd59

Everything disappears if you wait long enough. Be patient. Avocado skins cycle through my composter 2 or 3 times before they're digested.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2010 at 8:39PM
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