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Old 12-10-2022, 02:33 PM
 
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They're natural, but not edible, so how would it work out if I threw them in my compost?
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Old 12-10-2022, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Brackenwood
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Obviously it will take a while for the hard outer shell to break down, but other than that it should be fine.

On another note, "Decorative Gourds" was the name of my Talking Heads tribute band.
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Old 12-10-2022, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Home is Where You Park It
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They're natural, but not edible, so how would it work out if I threw them in my compost?
Will work. Will work faster if you bash them up with a hammer first.
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Old 12-10-2022, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Centre Wellington, ON
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People who are enthusiastic about composting will often drive around neighbourhoods in the fall looking to pick up their neighbour's gourds and pumpkins left on the curb, so yes, absolutely, it's a great source of nitrogen to balance out the carbon heavy leaves you get at this time of year. And they'll break down faster than the leaves, especially if you break them up a bit.
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Old 12-10-2022, 05:00 PM
 
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I was going to cut a few and hope for seeds, so might as well at least halve them all. They're not large, but some are nice colors like white and some speckly ones.
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Old 12-10-2022, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I don't mind putting stuff like that in my compost and I know some critters like worms, slugs and insects and even birds will eat whatever exposed softening fleshy parts of the gourds are there, which is great. But I scoop all the seeds out of them first and dispose of the seeds elsewhere because I don't want the seeds germinating and growing vines and roots in my compost pile.

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Old 12-10-2022, 05:51 PM
 
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I don't mind putting stuff like that in my compost and I know some critters like worms, slugs and insects and even birds will eat whatever exposed softening fleshy parts of the gourds are there, which is great. But I scoop all the seeds out of them first and dispose of the seeds elsewhere because I don't want the seeds germinating and growing vines and roots in my compost pile.

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Helpful hint.
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Old 12-10-2022, 11:31 PM
 
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I don't mind putting stuff like that in my compost and I know some critters like worms, slugs and insects and even birds will eat whatever exposed softening fleshy parts of the gourds are there, which is great. But I scoop all the seeds out of them first and dispose of the seeds elsewhere because I don't want the seeds germinating and growing vines and roots in my compost pile.

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I find they have more of a tendency to sprout in the compost pile itself and once they do they just break down unless you remove them.
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Old 12-11-2022, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Haha, when I read "decorative" I thought you were talking about a statue or something and was gonna ask why do you want to put plastic into dirt?


Yeah, gourds are fine. Will take longer. Just like an Avocado pit, not edible but it will break down over time. Just like newspapers or bills printed on plain paper, not edible but a great source of carbon and will break down..


I threw a stack of bills in a compost pile. Took longer but it broke down in 1 yr. You can shred them too
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Old 12-11-2022, 10:30 AM
 
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I find they have more of a tendency to sprout in the compost pile itself and once they do they just break down unless you remove them.
Yeah, my neighbour's compost pile also does that to seeds that have sprouted into plants in there, it breaks them down, but our respective piles are of different compositions. I keep three compost piles going, one is a sweet pile, the second is a sour pile and the third is a twiggy pile. Nothing will grow in the sour or twiggy piles but if seeds get into the sweet pile they'll sprout and grow like crazy. But I don't want anything sprouting and growing in there because that's the one I use the most so I try to avoid getting any kinds of seeds in there.

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