RuHappy69
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Multi Vitamins in the garden?

I have some multi vitamins that recently expired and I was wondering if gringing them up and spreading them into my garden is a godo thing or not? Thoughts?

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Hmmmm... very interesting question. I have no idea, but I'd sure like to know the answer :D

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I wouldn't just throw them away either. :wink:

Hmm... I think I would put them in the compost pile or crush and "dissolve" in a full watering can.....

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I thought they were like Twinkies and never expired! **checks his centrum silver bottle**.. but no, in all honestly, I highly doubt you would have no positive nor negative effect.

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A while my mom threw some expired vitamins in with one of her plants and it seemed to explode in healthy growth! I tried it another time and it seemed to have no effect. Maybe it depends on the plant or vitamin?

I used one a day men's. DOn't know what she used. Probably not a men's multi vitamin though lol.

Another thought, she put it in with a flower, not a veggie. I used it on a veggie.
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I've heard of putting crushed calcium tablets in the soil under tomatoes to combat BER.
I pour old flat diet Coke in my container plants and they thrive. Maybe it's the caffeine?
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It's the phosphoric acid. I would've said also the sugar, but I'm not sure about sugar subs, though aspartame might break down to some nitrogen?

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I've tossed old vitamins in my compost. The more volatile stuff will break down pretty quickly, but the micronutrients will remain. Hope they are available for plant use. I know there's that tiny brown bottle of a vitamin liquid for plants that I think is mostly B vitamins. With a healthy compost, you would probably already have B from yeast/fungal action on the periphery.

I put some broken up calcium tabs in a few pots this year, but haven't noticed any particular response.

A tiny part of my job is destroying old medications. There is a protocol for different sorts, but stuff like supplements are such a shame to waste. I also have a connection to two clinics in poverty and tragedy stricken environments so if it can be used by someone that's where it will go.

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I tried that once with vitamin fortified cereal.
I mix the cereal in the soil and got dead tomato plants.
I think they OD
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Count Chocula or Cap'n Crunch? Or maybe it was the milk that sounded the death knell? lol



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