What should I do about sprouts in my compost tumbler? - Knowledgebase Question

Massapequa Park, Ne
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Question by ndpettit46
July 9, 2010
I've been using a compost tumbler for a couple of weeks now, and today noticed sprouts with little green heads sticking up. I don't do weeds but did put cantaloupe and raw sunflower seeds in with eggshells,watermelon rinds,some native dirt, paper, greens and coffee grinds. What does this mean? Is my brew still ok? Many thanks!!!

Answer from NGA
July 9, 2010
It could be that some of the seeds are sprouting because of the warmth and moisture in the tumbler. When the compost starts cooking and the heat builds up the little more, the seeds will perish, especially if you tumble the contents on a regular basis. Your compost is still okay and sprouting seeds is not all that unusual in a compost bin.

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