Milk in the garden?

lincannMarch 24, 2014

Have a half gallon of spoiled milk. Can't bear to pour it down the drain. Is there a good garden use for it? Have 4X4 raised beds, composters, perennial beds and lawn and am getting ready to apply soybean meal and alfalfa to those, but don't know where to pour the milk. Thanks.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
toxcrusadr(Zone 6a - MO)

Pour it in the compost. That much in a decent sized compost pile shouldn't be a problem, as long as the pile is not too wet. If you have varmint problems, it may be an attractant for a short time. Cover the pile with fresh material (leaves, etc.) which will keep odors in and critters out.

"They" say to avoid dairy in the compost, but it's not because it's not compostable, only because it can attract pests. Proceed with common sense and caution and you'll be fine.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 2:51PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

The fats in milk are difficult for the bacteria in a compost pile to digest, which is why "they" recommend against putting dairy products in the compost bin.
I know someone that poured some sour milk into his compost pile and still could smell sour milk when he put that compost on his garden 6 months later.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 5:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

On the other hand I've put bad milk on the garden and in the compost and it's soaked in instantly and not smelled at all. 1/2 US gallon is not going to make any difference. And if were to smell, isn't that preferable outdoors than down your sink? Your call.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 5:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
briergardener_gw

sour milk actually speed composting process (from reading and my experience)

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 6:54PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
soil testing question
I posted this in the tropical fruits forum but I'm...
woohooman
Animal Bedding Pellets for mulch?
I use white pine bedding pellets in my horse's stall....
cakbu
New raised bed garden
I'm putting a raised bed garden in the front of the...
dbbob
Need advice for filling a hole
Hi everyone, I have a 3 foot wide by about 1.5 foot...
arlene_82 (zone 6 OH)
Hapi-gro 100% Organic Compost
Can I plant straight into this?
Elbourne
Sponsored Products
Barrington Gate 22" High Outdoor Post Light
Lamps Plus
Forsyth Collection 33 1/4" High Outdoor Post Light
Lamps Plus
Safavieh 'Omni' Natural Wood Barrel Chair
Overstock.com
Weaver Cedar Window Box with Solid Brackets
Signature Hardware
Pure Garden Stone 3-level LED Light Waterfall Fountain
Overstock.com
Turtle Hose Pot
$249.00 | FRONTGATE
Modern Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: American Rug Craftsmen Rugs Empire State Acorn
Home Depot
Modern Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Lanart Rugs Urban Bloom Beige 2 ft. x 8 ft.
Home Depot
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™