I've talked about this in other threads before, but it merits it's own thread, don't you think?
So for those of you unaware, HG recommended drowning weeds in a bucket of water, covered for mosquito (and flies too, BTW) control, before adding them to the compost pile. He didn't say specifically, but I take it to mean those with insidious roots and/or mature seeds that might "take over" in the compost pile.
I've been doing that -- 5 gal bucket of water covered with a quarter folded (4 layers) of burlap tied with hay string. Keep adding (shoving down with a shovel) until can't add anymore. Dump into the compost pile next time I remember -- usually about 1 wk after the final weed was added.
Uncovered another batch today -- HOO WHEE! STRONG! Not bad, mind you, though my DD7 was quite offended More like kimchee, rice bran pickles, sauerkraut, good barrel pickles, etc. Definite lactobacillus fermentation going on. Interesting because the batch before this one smelled like horse manure. If you've ever smelled fresh horse manure -- BEFORE they go rancid -- they have a sort of sweet cloying odor.
Oh yeah. I just remembered. It may have something to do with the fact that I added June drop plums and apples...
Fearing neighborhood reprisals, I spread the stuff out and covered with equal depth of leaves, then added my weekly kitchen scraps/napkins/paper towels and cardboard tubes (TP, paper towels) and torn up brown bags. After the excess liquid was soaked up, putting the lid on the compost bin was enough to moderate the odor, but I'm guessing in an open bin, you'd REALLY have to bury them deep!
HG, what's your take on this? Do you think 1 week in fermenting liquid, followed by composting is sufficient to neutralize the June drops?