Compost Shells Of Sunflower Bird Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Forset Hills, NY
Question by jeca
June 4, 2000
Can I put the shells of the sunflower seeds which I feed my birds in my compost pile?


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Answer from NGA
June 4, 2000

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Sunflower seed hulls are somewhat allelopathic, meaning they may inhibit the growth of some other plants. In my experience a small quantity in the compost pile does no harm, but I would hesitate to add a disproportionate amount of them at a time. Do be sure too that the compost is well processed and "finished" before applying it to the garden. This should help ensure that the chemicals in the hulls are well dispersed.

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