What do you do with vegetable scraps like peelings if they are placed in the garden what diseases could they be introducing they say to buy certified seed potatoes but if you place the potato scraps in the compost could be introducing what your trying to avoid by buying certified seed potatoes just a thought
I am not a very experienced or knowledgeable gardener but I trench all my vegetable scraps and I haven't noticed any thing detrimental from them.
Nematodes and other diseases would not be noticeable.
we dont add straight scraps tp the garden but either feed to the chooks and use their droppings so processed or process in a compost bin or feed to the worm farm, yes we run out of scraps very quickly ! Col made his own version of this and it hangs over the open compost bins - sorry had to borrow photos from net still havent managed to get a camera I like !
Scraps here are always processed thru the back end of a chicken. I scrape up the bits and pieces in the pen and then spread the mix on the garden carefully. I also y use the pen to store cuttings of branches when I trim the trees -- let them dry and rot a bit, break them up and mix 'em with the back end joys.
However for ease of cleaning I created a corral where I feed the chooks so that it is easy to turn over the soil and harvest rotted matter in the one spot.
It's not been obvious that any pests or diseases have resulted from using in-situ composting of vege scraps. So far. If you use sound Potatoes to grow from, I cannot see that there will be any problems. Ditto with Strawberries.
I've never had any trouble (so far) using vege scraps in my compost bins. I do use the added precaution of tossing out any diseased looking spuds or other veges. These never go into the compost, and I always use bought seed potatoes or ones that I have grown and harvested. I also make sure that I rotate the families of crops around the various beds. So I don't grow anything from the same family as Potatoes, eg. Tomatoes, Egg Plants, Capsicums, etc. in any bed for at least three years after a crop from that family. The only exception to that can be when I get a volunteer come up, eg. bush tomato, but even these usually get the chop. I cold compost in bins as I am too time poor to bother with the added work from hot composting. I believe that unless you are fastidious with looking after a hot heap (ie. turning regularly and keeping the moisture content and the carbon / nitrogen ratios right) it is a waste of time and effort. A cold composting will also give you lots of volunteer plants to either let grow or re-compost.
Jeez - I shove heaps of scraps though my compost. I never give it a second thought.
My compost IS scraps with Sugar Cane for the dry matter. If it wasn't for the kitchen scraps there'd hardly be any compost at all.