Hello - all around us there are laden citrus trees. I've been making marmalade, lemon curd and using them in cooking. BUT I don't want to put them in my compost AND also, rats seem to enjoy them.
Any recommendations are welcome.
Sue, North Auckland, NZ
I confess I don't quite understand why these are not compostable. Is it because of the rats? Or worries about sprays and such?
Perhaps what I do for bones and dead birds/squirrels might work. I dig a deep, narrow pit and line it with a steel barrel that has no top or bottom. A heavy steel or concrete chunk seals the top. Dogs, rodents and wild animals can't get it. Insects can, and they break down most of it. Ultimately the metal sleeve is pulled and the deep soil is a little richer.
Hi Sue. My homestead hosts dozens and dozens of various citrus trees. I eat, sell, trade, and give away what I can, but I’m still overloaded with citrus. I discovered that sheep will eat it, so I can dispose of some more of the excess that way. But I still end up with a lot of excess citrus from time to time. So I put it into the compost bins, or dig it directly into the gardens via trenching. I’ve never had a problem doing this.
It's never too late to start! I retired to homestead on the slopes of Mauna Loa, an active volcano. I relate snippets of my endeavor on my blog : www.kaufarmer.blogspot.com