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Posted by Crab-Grass Colorado (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 23, 13 at 19:17

I have some mini straw bales that I purchased from the craft store for front porch decorations. Can I compost them when I'm done or are they full of nasty chemicals? I don't want to waste them but if they're yucky for the soil then into the garbage they go! Thanks!

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RE: Composting

No way of being certain but it's reasonable to think the straw is not contaminated just by the nature of intended use. Those bales are used on holiday dining tables and other places that demand clean material. Most are wheat stubble left after the wheat grain has been seperated.

RE: Composting

  • Posted by TXEB 9a (My Page) on
    Mon, Sep 23, 13 at 22:08

Many grain straws are questionable because of the herbicides that could have been used. If you don't know, it should be suspect.

RE: Composting

It also depends on how much straw vs. the size of your compost. If it's a small portion of your compost, I wouldn't worry about it.

RE: Composting

Until the last year I would have said yes.

But I am becoming very careful about my ingredients. Now I only use grass and leaves from my own yard.

For twelve years I have made compost. My main interest is tomatoes. Each year I added compost to my clay-ish soil.

The first five years I had great tomatoes (when I knew nothing), but the last five years the tomato crop has been very poor. Why?

This year I found out one neighbor, who's leaves I used for two years, has been bring workplace herbicides home because the retail products 'weren't strong enough'.

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