Spruce needles in compost

Asked June 5, 2019, 12:41 PM EDT

Is it ok to add dried spruce (Sitka) needles to compost piles? There's a lot of info on pine needles, but not spruce. My compost pile is not hot - I use worms.

Lincoln County Oregon

2 Responses

Sitka Spruce needles can be added to compost. Like pine needles, they will take quite a while to decompose so mix them in with the other materials. You can also use them on the bottom of the pile to help air keep flowing to the compost pile.

Thanks for the info. The layer on the bottom is a good idea. My pile went anaerobic earlier this year - that might help prevent that from happening again.