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Q.Can I Directly Plant In Just Brown And Green Materials?

Zone 00961 | tonysandyasmar added on July 7, 2020 | Answered

I gathered brown leaves and mixed them with some kitchen scraps. Watered the whole thing and left it 1.5month alone while turning the pile. Can i now plant seeds directly in this pile with little to no soil used?

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Answered on July 7, 2020

No. A few things will happen when you do this.

The fungi and bacteria responsible for creating the compost will not discriminate between the organic material and the seeds.

If they make it through the decomposition phase, which is unlikely, the nutrients from compost alone will burn the young plants.

Compost dries out really fast outside of a container that is made for composting. The conditions for composting and the conditions for plant growth are highly incompatible.

Here is a composting guide that will help you to create compost, which should be used sparingly WITH soil:


This article will explain why compost needs to be cut with soil:


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