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remove the seeds?

Posted by njitgrad 6A/6B New Jersey (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 19, 13 at 23:37

I just started seriously composting this year with a new 3-bin system I built myself.

When composting pumpkins, should the seeds be removed completely to prevent volunteer plants when the mulch is eventually used?

Also, it is better to chop the pumpkin up into smaller chunks like watermelon slice sizes?


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RE: remove the seeds?

Sometimes the healthiest and most robust plants come from the compost pile, just waiting to be planted in the garden. Plus its a surprise!


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RE: remove the seeds?

I would recommend removing the seeds to the extent possible to prevent them from spontaneously sprouting and taking over. If you want to grow the seeds, collect them and plant them under controlled conditions so you get the quantity you want in the location you want.

It is better to chop up the pumpkins into smaller pieces if you want to speed up decomposition in the pile. The more surface area you have, the faster mother nature works. This doesn't need to be a lot of work. I throw the pumpkins into the pile and then I use the hoe to chop them down into smaller pieces. Takes less than a minute to get the desired results.


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RE: remove the seeds?

never let a seed go to waste - give them away - plant them out or throw them down the bank - seeds produce food - if not for you - then for someone or something else, Just food for thought !!! Cheers.


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