Composting With Cottonseed Meal


An ideal way to recycle cottonseed meal that has gone bad is to toss it into a compost pile. Cottonseed meal is high in phosphorus and other macronutrients essential to plant growth. But while cottonseed meal is a nutritious compost addition, your compost pile must consist of more than just meal. Compost piles need a balance of nitrogen-rich material like cottonseed mix and carbon-rich material like straw or dried leaves. The more varied the material, the more nutritious your compost will be.

Step 1

Add the cottonseed meal to your compost pile.

Step 2

Add twice the amount by volume of carbon-rich compost material.

Step 3

Turn the compost pile with a shovel until the ingredients are mixed well.

Step 4

Repeat steps 1 through 3 each time you add cottonseed to your compost bin. Stop adding to the compost bin once the bin is full or the material in it reaches between 3 and 5 cubic feet.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost bin
  • Brown, carbon-rich material


  • National Cottonseed Products Association: Cottonseed Mean and Whole Cottonseed
  • Compost Council of Canada: At Home with Composting

Who Can Help

  • Brown and Green Compost Material
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