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Compost Pile Harvest

August 16th, 2017

If you grow vegetables and have a compost pile you’ve most likely harvested volunteer vegetables from it on occasion. Last week, I was weeding the potager in the area of an old compost pile and I found myself with a small harvest of vegetables.

We threw the potatoes on the grill with some pork on Sunday and the carrot is in the fridge waiting to grace a salad later this week. I always love finding free veg in compost pile.

What sorts of vegetables do you harvest from your compost pile?

2 Comments to “Compost Pile Harvest”
  1. Nebraska Dave on August 16, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Susy, no veggies from my compost pile. I have two compost piles. One in my back yard for soil building in the tumbler and one at Terra Nova Gardens. The one at Terra Nova Gardens is mostly just to clean up the garden and hasn’t been used for compost just yet. I don’t turn my piles but just let them compost down naturally. There is an issue with that method and that is the weed seeds are still viable and sprout with intensity being in a rich compost environment. I just keep pulling the weeds and putting them back into the compost. By the time I use it perhaps all the weed seeds will be sprouted and composted. Yeah, well, I can dream can’t I?

    Have a great surprise compost heap harvesting day.

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  2. Lindsey @ BigBearFarm on August 23, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I have an amazing paste tomato of some sort growing out of our stationary upright canister composter. I wasn’t going to bother with it, but a month ago I started watering it as our weather dried out in the PNW and now it is setting toms faster than the plants in my garden.

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