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By Llew

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom Gb

Can I put fruit in my compost bin?
Can you use bubble wrap for plant protection in the winter?



Hi Llew....

#1....Yes, yes and a resounding yes!! Your compost will love fruit or fruit peel or cores or skin or rind as well as any vegetables. I would chop up any citrus fruit rind a bit as it takes a little longer to break down. You can also add shredded newspaper, dust from the vacuum cleaner bag, hair, cardboard, pet fur, spider webs, feathers and cotton threads or fabric scraps.

#2.....It would depend on how you were going to use it. If you were thinking of wrapping plants in it I would tend to say no. The plastic won't "breathe" and moisture would build up inside the wrap and possibly cause mould and fungus issues on the plant.

9 May, 2009


Hi Llew,....Gilli is absolutely right. You shouldn't wrap a plant in bubble wrap, as the condensation inside, will rot the plant as it can't get any air around the plant. Use fleece which you can get from any garden centre.

9 May, 2009


Thanks very much, peeps. :o)

I'll keep the bubble wrap for parcels then.

Glad to hear about the fruit 'cause I keep buying bananas and not eating them so loads wasted and fresh pinapple skins on the go now too. In my compost bag they go, lol.

Just wish my bin would hurry up and arrive now. :-)

9 May, 2009


Llew perhaps it would be better to stop buying the bananas there are better things to put in compost than tropical fruit...

9 May, 2009


or learn to make banana cake :o) I find my daughters like green bananas and i like them when the skins have gone brown and speckly but occasionally one falls through the radar and we find it. I compost it then.

9 May, 2009


Can't make banana cake. Bad for my diet, lol.

MG, I dont leave them on purpose. I really do try to eat them, but sometimes just not in fruit mode and they get left, lol.

9 May, 2009


You can stick them in the freezer and make banana loaf at a later date. When they thaw they are already mostly mushy so you don't have to mash them much.

By the way....roses love bananas.....chop the skins and dig them in around your rose bushes. Works a treat.

10 May, 2009


Oh, thanks, Gilli.
I keep meaning to do that and that keep forgetting. Doh!!!!!

I'll remember in future. I'd rather spend my money on my roses than my compost bin, ha, ha.

Yeah, I know, I know. The roses would benefit from compost too, but in the short contest. :o)

10 May, 2009



11 May, 2009

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