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Anyone just toss their old veggie scraps in their gardens?

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Anyone just toss their old veggie scraps in their gardens?

We do not have composter and really I don't want to fork out the money to get one. We have been basically just putting our old veggies scraps in various places in the backyard, it decomposes in a couple weeks and is gone. Seems like a win-win.

Anyone else do this and are there any real negatives to it? I've seen people say it invites "pests" (I call that wildlife), but we haven't seen an increase in any of that. Usually a lot of ants will go at it. We place the stuff further back in our yard and not by our house.
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I have not thrown it into the garden on the surface, but have buried it when planting. Figure, like you and many others, that it makes for good soil enrichment. There may be a problem with rats, which may also be good if you have suitable cats that need entertainment. I have found rats in composters (supposedly rat proof...)
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Always used to have an open compost pile and the main drawback is some squash, melon, or pumpkin would start to grow from it and take over that area lol
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U should use a composter because it doesn't take long for the vermin population to explode. Look for a free used composter on forums/websites with a free section.
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Becks wrote: U should use a composter because it doesn't take long for the vermin population to explode. Look for a free used composter on forums/websites with a free section.
You're in Vancouver where there are low-cost composter programmes (black bins for houses, worm bins for apartments and condos). That's why there's a steady supply of free composters. Not so elsewhere, unfortunately.
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Dig a hole, throw the scraps in, bury it. Remediated a few areas of poor soil in my backyard through burying compost, leaves, and grass clippings over the years.
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Copper1212 wrote: We do not have composter and really I don't want to fork out the money to get one. We have been basically just putting our old veggies scraps in various places in the backyard, it decomposes in a couple weeks and is gone. Seems like a win-win.

Anyone else do this and are there any real negatives to it? I've seen people say it invites "pests" (I call that wildlife), but we haven't seen an increase in any of that. Usually a lot of ants will go at it. We place the stuff further back in our yard and not by our house.
Well that is how it was done for ever and ever until people stopped growing their own food and starting putting all their veggie scraps in the garbage. You can bury it if you don't want critters eating it.
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M1K3Z0R wrote: Dig a hole, throw the scraps in, bury it. Remediated a few areas of poor soil in my backyard through burying compost, leaves, and grass clippings over the years.
are you always throwing your scraps in holes? Do you just dig, fill, and cover? how ofter are you having to dig?
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Blend it with some water and then pour it into areas you're going to plant in.

Because it's blended, vermin don't come looking for a meal...instead you'll get worms which is a good thing!
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Nothing wrong with just throwing it on top with soil, you may however attract unwanted wildlife, I am not sure if it improves the soil quality as well as if it was buried, I am guessing not since it may dry out on the surface, be blown away by wind, easier to be eaten etc.
You can check with your city if they have free/inexpensive composters program.
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I throw banana peels on my lawn. But I keep them inside my garage for a week or so, till they really become really small, dark brown & shriveled up & then I throw them outside, so they are not too conspicuous on the lawn.
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I pressed a barrel 12" into the ground to stop critters from digging their way in, and just put the scraps in my composter. When I was doing the garden, it was attracting lots of animals digging around.
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I composted before GTA started composting. I just dug a hole in the backyard and all my scraps were gone in the summer in 1-1.5 weeks with worms and moisture. Worms will help you break down the scraps a lot quicker.
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Becks wrote: U should use a composter because it doesn't take long for the vermin population to explode. Look for a free used composter on forums/websites with a free section.
+1. You are really inviting vermin. Also, composting is much more efficient.

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