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Can I put mildewed plants in my compost bin?

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midnightexpress Tue 29-Sep-09 10:17:39

The title says it all really. I have several large courgette plants that have got quite a lot of powdery mildew on them. Once the courgettes are done, can I put the plants in the compost bin? Or do I need to bin them/burn them?

GooseyLoosey Tue 29-Sep-09 12:27:12

Think I would bin them just to avoid the risk of contaminating the compost.

plantwoman Tue 29-Sep-09 12:52:41

it is best to avoid putting diseased plants into your compost. Bin or burn

midnightexpress Tue 29-Sep-09 13:01:59

Thanks for your replies. Good to know. Such a shame - they're so biiiiiig. It always gives me such satisfaction to put a great big load of stuff in my compost bin from the garden. hey ho.

mumofjemima Tue 29-Sep-09 16:29:53

Ahhh - had first set of plants this year and noticed they have this similar powdery stuff all over but didn't know what it was - thanks!!

Great courgettes though - more than we can keep on top of just with 3 plants!

missingtheaction Tue 29-Sep-09 22:15:26

to be honest I'd compost them. powdery mildew is (IME) pretty endemic on courgettes, and is mostly a response to end-of-season stress: dry roots and damp air. I do compost mine and I only get powdery mildew on really susceptible plants like courgettes, wherever I end up using the compost. If you are lucky enough to get your compost hot it should kill the spores anyway.

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