I'm new to composting and need some help. Would shrimp shells be good for the compost? I live in a densely populated suburban neighborhood. My compost bin is in the back of the house and so far doesn't smell so I think I'm doing things right. It would seem that the shells would be a good thing ...
Shrimp shells in the compost bin??
They would be great. If you dig them down into the middle of the pile, you shouldn't have an odor problem at all.
I'd crush them up first and then bury them deep. Lots of good stuff in those shells, will only make your compost better!
These are one of the few non-plant things I always add to my compost, wrapped in a paper towel. They break down fast!
I didn't even crunch mine up. And when I used the compost there was no sign of shells left.
I have a big tin full of small dried whole shrimp and fish that my fussy pet turtle wont eat. Its proper pet food from the store, but he doesnt like it. After months of storing it in the cubbord I got the idea of putting them on the garden. I have concerns of attracting animals, or creating a stink. They smell bad enough as it is LOL but might have a bunch of nutients that the palnts might like. What do you think?
Good nitrogen of course--and I imagine the pieces are pretty small so will break down fast. you know I doubt that you'd be able to attract many animals with an occasional adding of something a little smelly like that. Different story from adding daily meat scraps.
It probably isn't any smellier than fish emulsion fertilizer, but you can always bury it a few inches below the surface of the soil, or put it in a compost pile and cover it with newspaper. I'll bet it would be great for the plants!