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Organic Gardening: Shrimp shells in the compost bin??

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Clarksville, MD

August 3, 2008
11:26 AM

Post #5361615

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 ...
Brighton, MO
(Zone 6a)

August 3, 2008
5:24 PM

Post #5362938

They would be great. If you dig them down into the middle of the pile, you shouldn't have an odor problem at all.
Clarksville, MD

August 3, 2008
6:20 PM

Post #5363173

thank you : )
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 5, 2008
11:53 PM

Post #5374085

I've used them before.
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

August 6, 2008
12:44 PM

Post #5376103

I'd crush them up first and then bury them deep. Lots of good stuff in those shells, will only make your compost better!
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

September 14, 2008
3:14 AM

Post #5549232

These are one of the few non-plant things I always add to my compost, wrapped in a paper towel. They break down fast!
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 15, 2008
3:56 PM

Post #5554520

I didn't even crunch mine up. And when I used the compost there was no sign of shells left.
(Zone 10b)

September 23, 2008
11:45 AM

Post #5588214

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?


Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 23, 2008
2:01 PM

Post #5588690

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.
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

September 23, 2008
2:31 PM

Post #5588817

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!

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