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How to Compost Nuts

By Meg Butler ; Updated September 21, 2017

Contrary to popular belief, nuts actually make a wonderful addition to a compost pile. Their meat adds essential nutrients to the pile, and any shells that resist decomposition increase the drainage of the the resulting compost. However, one drawback to composting nuts is that their smell may attract squirrels and other vermin. Only compost nuts in a covered compost pile that offers adequate defense against prying paws.

Shell the nuts and set the shells aside.

Put the nuts in a food processor and chop them as finely as possible. Ground to a powder is ideal. If you do not have a food processor or blender, simply finely chop them with a knife or grind them with a mortar and pestle.

Spread the nuts and shells over the top of the compost pile.

Turn the compost pile so that the majority of the older material is on top and the newer material is on the bottom.

Replace the cover on the compost bin.


Things You Will Need

  • Food processor or blender


  • If you add black walnuts to your compost pile, do not use the resulting compost for at least one year. Black walnuts release a natural herbicide that may stunt the growth of your plants.

About the Author


Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.