Composting pine needles????

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Author: John A. Evans
Monday, August 04, 2003 - 1:47 pm
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greetings,

Just finished the book and love it!! I've got a lot of selling and one question right now. Can pine needles be used in the compost bin? Our 2.5 acres is wooded with Ponderosa Pine and I am constantly digging needles out of my rain gutters.

tnx,
john - colorado springs, co

Author: admin
Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 11:56 pm
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I would think you could use them. Won't hurt to give it a try.

Joe Jenkins

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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 - 8:55 pm
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Pine needles have a low ph.. I think less than 5, if I remember right. All pine parts are also high in tanins and turpentine, which inhibit composting.

So yes, you can compost them, but the low ph and natural inhibitors will slow it down; allow extra time and mix them with other ingredients if you got.

They make a great mulch for strawberries, which like a low ph, as is.

Author: TCLynx
Saturday, December 31, 2005 - 12:12 pm
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Any updates as to the results of using pine needles?

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