Compost avocado skins?

kitchendetective(8b)March 3, 2007

Can I throw avocado skins, as is, on a compost pile, or do I need to shred them somehow? Or are they not recommended at all? They are extremely hard.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gardenlen(s/e qld aust)

they'll break down in due course.

len

Here is a link that might be useful: len's garden page

    Bookmark   March 3, 2007 at 2:18PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
phantom_white(6)

I've never had any trouble with avocado skins in my compost. Like gardenlen said, the skins will break down eventually.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2007 at 4:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
iris_9(z9CA)

The skins break down fine. I always cut the pits in half and they will compost . The only part that doesn't compost are those little label stickers they stick on. They stay in the soil for years so those go in the trash.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2007 at 11:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
barry_brussels

If you stick the pits in, many of them will germinate in the heap (in summer at least). Same for mango. Nice surprise when harvesting compost.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2007 at 2:47PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jannoel_gw(z5b IL)

I throw both pit and skin in the compost as is (with label removed). If they are not done when the rest of the pile is I just toss them on another pile-in-progress.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2007 at 3:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
joepyeweed(5b IL)

What it is about those little sticky fruit labels that makes them so indestructible? I still throw them in my compost, because I am stubborn and refuse to be intimidated...of course my garden veggies sometimes have dole bannana lables on them :-)

    Bookmark   March 23, 2007 at 9:20AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Fungus in compost
This pile was started about 3 weeks ago. It is overun...
jon2412
Moldy fruit and breads okay for compost bin?
Are these okay to add to the bin? Won't the mold spread...
greengardener07
Gooey vegetable compost under kitchen sink
Fellow gardeners who COMPOST, I need some advice. I...
valrie87
No till garden/no weeds?
Is there a good way to keep weeds down in an established...
hummersteve
Brick borders
Two months ago I buried a much- loved companion animal...
katzenjaammer
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™