do they mess up the compost as fertilizer because trees start trying to grow, or do they decompose as well? should i just toss them in the trash? also, i think i had too little browns in the compost, because there was a smell that went away very quickly after i added more paper. but now i have noticed very small, almost reddish little bugs crawling on the inside structure of the compost bin. should i be worried, or is this good?
Re: Pits— Yes, they do decompose, but they take a long time to break down. Don’t let that discourage you though! If they sprout in the compost bin/pile (should only sprout once) you can snap the stems and tuck the bits back under (this is what I do with the volunteers that I don’t want). More compost for the bin/pile :)
I often just pitch avocado pits right in the garden where the squirrels can have then. The squirrels crack them open, have their way with them, and then what’s leftover generally composts a little quicker because it’s in smaller pieces. But I also do get avocado volunteers in the yard when I do this! I pull them, give them as house plant gifts, or let the cold winters get them so they’re not problematic for me.
Re: Browns—Common problem, it’s nice that compost is such a tweak-able thing. A little too many greens and smelly? Add a little brown. A little too wet and smelly? Add something dry. Glad to hear your solution worked so well :)
Re: Bugs-- Are the little red bugs really really tiny? They might be red mites, very common members of compost communities. There is some debate in the vermiculture world whether certain species of these fellows can be problematic for worms, but many people generally consider them compost helpers. I read in, "Teaming With Microbes: A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web," (Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis) that mites are good at helping to shred the compost material into smaller particles so that all of the good bacteria and fungi can access the nutrients more easily. Mites are also very common co-inhabitants of vermiculture bins. But it’s hard to tell if this is what you have without a visual reference, and I am certainly no expert! There are some good composting forums out there with people who really know their stuff. But just very generally, I think bugs in compost usually help the process instead of hurt it.
Hope that helps, happy composting!
I also compost pits/seeds. I want volunteer plants! I compost directly in the ground, though, so it is a little different. I dig up the volunteers and put them in containers: lemon, apricot, nectarine/peach, avocados...or leave 'em right there: tomatoes, beets, potatoes, raspberries. Depends on the space and location and sunlight needs.
If we get bugs, I don't notice them. We have worms in the soil (we added them) and they eat up everything we give them and enrich the soil dramatically!