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Mystery Plant in our Compost


Does anyone have any idea what it is? We eat alot of fruit so maybe papaya? it looks like a type of squash or melon but we haven’t had much of that yet.


  1. Christine says:

    I agree, it looks like some type of squash or it could be cantaloupe or even watermelon. But cucumber is also a possibility. If your compost pile does not get hot enough it is possible this is a seed left over from last year (if you have been composting that long). I made the mistake of composting cantaloupe seeds one year. The following year, cantaloupe were turning up all over the place — wherever I had put the compost. Apparently these types of seeds do not decompose quickly.

  2. tammysf says:

    christine, you're probably right because we did eat cantaloupe a few months ago…the compost was built this year so not that old.

    surprising though because the compost does get very hot. it steams when we mix it.

  3. spaghetina says:

    That looks just like my straightneck squash a little while after it popped out of the dirt.

  4. tammysf says:

    spaghetina, it does look similiar to my cocozelle seedling i had but we have not had any straightneck squash/zucchini except for what i have picked recently from my garden.

    we have had some cucumber…i wonder if that is it.


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