Re: [gardeners] Re: composting

Harry Boswell (
Wed, 13 Jan 1999 08:30:25 -0600 (CST)

On Wed, 13 Jan 1999, George Shirley wrote:

> I really don't know Penny. We live in town but there are raccoons, opossums,
> and, of course, the ever present stray cats around. We got the dog in July
> 1996 but have never had varmints dig in our compost, ants yes, varmints no.
> Fish innards and heads are pot-holed with a little lime and that may deter
> the varmints. Eggshells just go in the compost bucket and are buried in the
> compost pile on a daily basis. Reckon it may just stay warm enough to
> decompose them fast or else there's a reason I'm missing somehow. Anyway, we
> don't have a varmint problem with the compost and never have had in the 30
> plus years we've composted.

My guess is that the things that would attract "varmints" decompose 
pretty rapidly - eggshells alone aren't much fun for a mouse. But
you may have small varmints (varminettes??) and not know it - my
first compost was in the same place for 4 years, and I never knew
there were field mice living back behind it until I tore it down
to move it closer to the house.

But raccoons, possums, and the like of larger varmints would have
a tough time getting to my pile, because of all the neighboring
domesticated varmints.

Harry Boswell         
USDA Zone 8 (Mississippi USA)
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