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Weeds and compost!


Is it best to compost these little blighters or compost.  Mares tail is best binned obviously, but am I asking for twice as much weed next year if I compost the rest of my weeds from my allotment?  I'm taking them to the tip at present - any thoughts would be appreciated.



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,867

    I don't compost weed seeds or the roots of perennial weeds  - I cut them off and  they go into a tub of water to rot.  Otherwise weeds all get composted.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    The problem with home composts is that they don't generate sufficient heat within to kill off the pesky seeds. In fact all my weeds go into black plastic bags (inside second, heavy-duty black plastic bags), tied up tightly and stacked out of sight on my top terrace garden. In the full sun of an Italian summer, the heat generated inside is enormous, killing off any living thing. By the next spring, I have bags of - effectively - mulch. Comes in very handy.

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