I started my compost pile this year in Feb, I live in Florida. I read all the books I could find on composting while starting it, as well as alot of online info.
Well I have done a great job, it really gets hot and it never smells and there are all kinds of little creatures in there doing whatever it is they do.
It lloks great. I started to use some of the compost in May to side dress, add to new pots and beds etc. Well it was then I noticed a problem, and it was about a week later that I read new material that said " do not put any seeds from veggies/fruit in the compost" Well that was too late, I had already seen many new sprouts for cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, and tons of Cantaloupe (ggod lord) growing everywhere. Yes I can pick them and toss them, or leave them, my question is. Will a compost pile ever break down those seeds, or is the damage done. I have made a point to stop tossing seeds in, but I only have room for one pile, so I do not have the luxury to use one pile and create a new one. I usually have to sift anything I take out of the pile to use it as there is always fresh or partially broke down items in there. Any suggestions, I do turn my pile reguarly and move it around, but I am not sure what becomes of the seeds. Thanks in advanced!