Composting peaches and seeds?

ally99June 2, 2010

Did a search and couldn't find the answer to what is likely quite an ignorant question. I'm going to compost a bunch of too-ripe and bruised peaches. I'm assuming the seeds should NOT be composted, right? It doesn't seem like they would break down very quickly.

Thanks for helping me with another noob question. (Blush!) I'm learning so much from this forum! :) Ally

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Throw them in. Sometimes they disingegrate but most mostly they will come out unaffected. I wouldn't take the time to pick them out before composting. If you screen your compost, take them out then.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 5:54PM
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If you grow peaches, and you have a large amount of spoiled fruit to compost, then you could leave the pits with the peaches, and let them fall to the bottom of the pile, where they will eventually become finished compost, in a year or two. If you have a small compost pile, and only a few peaches, then you probably don't want peach pits in the pile, because they will take a long time to disappear.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 5:56PM
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In my compost and soil, peach pits last for years. But I doubt that they have any impact on fertility.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 6:25PM
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Thank you all! I have about 20 peaches. Seems like the best thing to do since I hope to use my compost within a year is to throw the seeds out. Here's another related question. I'm trying my best to keep the correct ratio of browns to greens, so assuming I'm fairly on-track with that, can you use too much of one specific green? For example, is there a limit to how many peaches (or other fruit) I should include in the compost? Thanks so much for your help! :)

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 7:40PM
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mustard_seeds(4 -Onalaska Wisconsin)

I would not bother removing pits - the flesh will break down fast. When you use the compost the pits are easy to spot and toss - easier than getting the flesh removed from peach I would think.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 7:55PM
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As I empty a finished bin, I transfer the ceremonial peach pit to the new bin.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 1:36AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Life is too short to remove peach pits from compost heaps. And you would lose the fun of random volunteers in your garden. I've had dates and avocados come up, even over here, although they always die come winter.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 3:48AM
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The pits of those peaches could stay undigested for a very long time, unless you somehow get moisture inside and then the pit freezes and that breaks the pit.
How many peaches to add at any one time depends on what else is put into the mix. In my 4 x 4 x 4 compost piles adding a peck of peaches at any one time would be a bit much, but that same amount added to two piles would most likely not be depending on how much other, dryer material I have available to add.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 7:53AM
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Cool! Sounds like there are several different ways to do it. :) Maybe I'll just throw in about half the peaches and leave the seeds. Mustard Seeds is right. It should be easy to remove them once everything else has broken down. :)

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 7:56AM
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nygardener(z6 New York)

You needn't bother removing them even then. Your plants will grow fine around them and eventually they'll break down in the soil ... or sprout, as Flora says.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 1:19PM
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If it belongs in a compost pile, it goes in my compost pile. If I had 100 peaches, they would go in my compost pile. I can't imagine even a tumbler that couldn't handle 20 peaches.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 2:52PM
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