Composting corn cobs?

beneficial_nematoadJuly 27, 2007

Has anyone out there had success composting corn cobs? I've heard they take forever to break down so have not been including them in my piles/bins.

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mommyandme

I haven't found them to be a problem. Throw them in.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2007 at 12:35PM
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billhill(z5 MI - KBG)

Oh yea, the cobs left from human consumption of corn on the cob. Throw them in with the husks, they disappear fast.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2007 at 12:48PM
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beneficial_nematoad

Thanks for the responses! Those cobs are going down!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2007 at 12:56PM
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karbie18(z5 IL)

Glad to hear it. I'm new to composting, but threw some in yesterday.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2007 at 1:02PM
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dorisl(5)

I dug a hole, chopped them some with the shovel and buried them in the garden.

:)

    Bookmark   July 27, 2007 at 2:14PM
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nygardener(z6 New York)

I'd chop or shred them first, and bury them in the pile so as not to tempt the raccoons.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2007 at 7:11AM
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val_s(z5 central IL)

I put some in early this summer and they are disintegrating very well. I did chop them up with a cleever a bit, maybe into 3 inch or so pieces. Now when I turn and come across one they crumble in my hand when I squeeze them.

Our store had corn 10 for a dollar so we bought a lot and I froze some. That was a lot of cobs going in and I hardly find any now. I think it might depend on if you get things cooking really good or not. Either way they will break down.

Val

    Bookmark   July 28, 2007 at 7:45AM
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gumby_ct(CT it says Z5)

The cobs breakdown fine for me. If you can get the husks, they will heat up like grass clippings. I think the coons like the corn more than the cob.

You can use predator urine to keep the coons away. If you think you are predator enuff, use yourine ;-)

    Bookmark   July 30, 2007 at 9:50PM
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davidandkasie(Z8 MS)

i dumped 500 pounds of rotting seed corn, the husks from over 100 ears, and a bunch of cobs in mine. they disappeared real quick. although the birds got a good bit of the seed corn!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2007 at 12:21PM
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silvergirl04

What about the butter used on the corn?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2007 at 7:33PM
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gumby_ct(CT it says Z5)

How much do you use? Really?
If you think it's that much don't put cobs in. But I think it will be negligible.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2007 at 11:11PM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

gumby_ct said:
"How much do you use? Really?
If you think it's that much don't put cobs in. But I think it will be negligible."
If it's that much, don't eat it either! ;)

    Bookmark   August 1, 2007 at 10:00AM
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bean_counter_z4(Zone 4, Rkfd,IL)

They would have loved you guys at the Aldersgate corn boil. 9000 ears of corn. 9000 cobs to dispose of. Corn Days coming up in DeKalb middle of the month. Thousands upon thousands of cobs going to be left after that.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2007 at 3:53PM
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