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Tomato skins?

Posted by denno z7 NC (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 3, 10 at 6:48

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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RE: Tomato skins?

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.

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


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

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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.

RE: Tomato skins?

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

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