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compost salty snacks???

Posted by JerseyPurl 6 (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 30, 13 at 17:52

Is it advisable to add leftover potato chips, popcorn, pretzels, etc. to my compost tumbler? I use this compost as a mulch on my flower beds. Will this salt harm the soil/plants?

I'd rather keep these snacks out of the trash stream.


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RE: compost salty snacks???

  • Posted by pt03 2b Southern Manitob (My Page) on
    Mon, Sep 30, 13 at 18:44

If we are just talking the occasional handful, I see no issue with adding them. Even leaves have sodium in them.


RE: compost salty snacks???

The oils in some of those snacks will do more harm than the salt...that said, small amounts of any of it will pretty much do no harm.

You may want to put them a bit into the pile rather than right on top to keep animals/birds from sniffing around your pile, though.

RE: compost salty snacks???

As nc-crn pointed out, some of those salty snacks are attractive to things that might be considered pests in your compost. Often is because of the fats/oils used (down here fresh potato chips make a decent fire ant bait). In small amounts and kept covered with other materials, shouldn't be a problem.

RE: compost salty snacks???

Thank you all for the advice. I definitely don't want to attract any pests. I will just add the occasional handful and make sure to bury it.


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