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CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 415
compost or brown bin? I would generally add all this to the composter but am wondering if this will cause a problem with mould spreading or is it just the usual decay and nothing to worry about in the composter? Thankyou 

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  • RubytooRubytoo On the sofa, Southerly aspect.Posts: 1,287
    edited October 2018
    Now you have gone and done it Copperdog, you have me wondering. I have chucked stuff like that in the compost bin all the time in the past.
    This year because of excessive powdery mildew on some of our more susceptible clematis and something bad on the Lunaria, I decided to not compost those myself.
    Generally I would add smaller amounts of things like your hosta leaves. But if I had a green council bin or was making a trip to the tip I would be inclined to lower the odds if there was a lot.
    They have already probably dropped some spores to overwinter on the ground. I think if they have been clean during the year? Then compost them as it is probably a normal breaking down  kind of mould.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,368
    I love the way hosta leaves look as they decay ... I'd have left them on the plant even longer .... but it's a personal choice ... however I wouldn't hesitate to put them on the compost heap ... the spores from those fungal spots are all over our gardens anyway ... how do you think the plants got them in the first place  ;)
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 415
    Thank you Ruby & Dove, they are now in the composter as usual! I'e tried to be a bit more picky with what I put in them.  this year I grew courgettes and tomatoes down on the sunny patio at the end of the garden (not facing garden). this made a huge difference to their performance and I think they liked the heat under the tubs that the patio gave them.  I didn't suffer with too much powdery mildew but this year I didn't put the spend courgette plants into the composers.  YEs I love how they turn a beautiful golden colour I the Autumn too. 
  • jamesharcourtjamesharcourt West SussexPosts: 465
    I love the way hosta leaves look as they decay ... I'd have left them on the plant even longer .... but it's a personal choice ... however I wouldn't hesitate to put them on the compost heap ... the spores from those fungal spots are all over our gardens anyway ... how do you think the plants got them in the first place  ;)
    I tend to agree with this. I have a couple with decaying leaves and I actually like to see that process unfold!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,368
    I really wasn’t that taken with Hosta’s until I saw a large clump turned bright yellow and developing the most wonderful corrugations in the gardens at Blickling ... and i was smitten  <3
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,602
    HOSTAS ARE FAB. :D
    Devon.
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