I just read this little gem of wisdom in the comment section of another blog vegetablegardener.com and I don’t want to forget about it. I know I’ll never find it again if I don’t record it myself.
The blog discussed whether to toss, or not to toss, weeds into your compost pile.
There are pros and cons to each side, but you definitely don’t want to spread MORE weeds all over with your garden that send seeds or root bits piggy packing along in your new finished compost.
One visitor suggests…
Yes, plants need air… even roots and seeds, so if you put all your suspect weeds, seedheads, running roots, etc, in a bucket of rainwater for several weeks, all the living vegetative material will die and start to smell… well, ‘fragrant’. The liquid can be used as a feed, as it will contain soluble nutrients (like nettle tea, comfrey tea)or you can tip the whole lot on the heap. This is a guaranteed way of dealing with all roots, seeds, regenerative stems… everything. I’ve even done this with Japanese Knotweed, one of the most difficult to kill plants.
John ‘Compost’ Cossham, York, UK”
I love this idea and I think I’ll try it.