Expired Multivitamin Pills in Compost?

dawiff(z7 WA)July 30, 2007

Has anyone ever put expired multivitamin pills in their compost pile? Anyone have an opinion about whether doing it is good or bad? How would you do it if you did? Crush them up and put them in like that? Dissolve in water? Put them in whole and figure the moisture in the pile would be enough to break them down?

I found two whole bottles in my cabinet and before tossing them in the trash, thought maybe I could put them in the compost....

Whaddaya think?

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billhill(z5 MI - KBG)

I would crush them, disolve them in water (to the extent that they would disolve) and water the pile with the solution.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2007 at 1:22PM
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barton(z6b OK)

How far out of date? They may still be OK for their original use. Drug manufacturers build a huge margin in. The worst that could happen is they may have lost some potency.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2007 at 12:51PM
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dawiff(z7 WA)

Well, I already bought more (which I will probably also forget to take -- LOL). They expired in April 2007, two big bottles of 200 pills each. I just wondered if the plants would be able to use the nutrients even if I couldn't.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2007 at 8:39PM
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Demeter(z6 NJ)

Well, the plants probably won't need 'em, but possibly some of the bugs and microbes might. At the very least, they'll get broken down and reused for something else.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2007 at 4:42PM
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paulns(NS zone 6a)

Put them in whole and figure the moisture in the pile would be enough to break them down.

Are there minerals or only vitamins? Minerals wouldn't expire and would still be useful. Vitamins I don't know.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2007 at 5:03PM
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mrtulin

that's barely out of date. Unless you want an excuse not to take them, I'm very sure they are still potent. Besides, they are vitamins, not a prescription drug that you need to be efficacious for treating an illness or condition.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2007 at 11:52PM
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dawiff(z7 WA)

Thanks for the advice, everyone. I think I'm going to try putting them in whole and see what happens. Even though they are just a few months out of date, I do have about 400 of them, so at the recommended dose (one-a-day, hey guess what brand they are?) if I kept them by the time I finished taking them it would be Fall 2008.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2007 at 10:08AM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

Use them whole in the compost or scattered around the flowers. They'll disapper with rain.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2007 at 11:48AM
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steve2416

Can't do any harm and certainly better than land-filling them.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2007 at 1:07PM
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esobofh

Those vitamins are great for your plants!!

An excellent (albeit expensive) way to replenish the micronutrients in your soil. Personally, I would crush them up a bit and spread them all over the compost, water in well so it get's through all the layers.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2007 at 2:29PM
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gumby_ct(CT it says Z5)

If they are that good, good for micronutrients why not put them right in the beds where the plants could make use of them?

If you water with a can, even better.

My compost won't see plants until next year!!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2007 at 9:37PM
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diggity_ma(5 MA)

Back in college, my girlfriend (now wife) did an experiment in her Bio class which showed that vitamin E increased plant root cell growth. Granted, that was just an undergraduate research paper, a far cry from a peer reviewed doctoral thesis. But the results were pretty convincing. I always told her she should repeat the experiment and publish it, as it might be an important discovery, but for one reason or another she never did.

-Diggity

    Bookmark   August 6, 2007 at 11:28AM
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dorisl(5)

Well thats nifty! Im going to pop a vit E into the pineapple Ive been trying to get to root.

:)

    Bookmark   August 6, 2007 at 3:20PM
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