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QUESTION: What's living in my compost??

comments (2) August 11th, 2009

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JadaE JadaE, member
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Not my compost, just an illustration.Click To Enlarge

Not my compost, just an illustration.

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Hi everyone!  I have a compost tumbler, and yesterday when I opened it I was surprised to see the compost "moving"!!  Looking closer, the bin is full of worm-like creepies!  Could this be...I hate to even think it....maggots???  I've been very careful to only add veggie scraps, egg shells, and other compost friendly items.  Should I just let them wiggle away, or start over?  Thanks for any advice or experience you can share!  Happy Gardening all! :)

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JadaE writes: Thanks Chris!...They seem like happy critters, that's for sure! They must not mind the heat either-my tumbler gets really hot in our Georgia summer...Happy gardening! :)
Posted: 2:10 pm on August 14th
ChrisMcLaughlin writes: JadaE: You've just met the macro-organisms! Since I can't see them first-hand, I can't say which ones exactly, but more than likely they aren't the maggots that you fear (flies). They're the decomposers you can see as opposed to the decomposers you can't see (micro-organisms like bacteria). They're exactly the tenants you'd like living in your compost - keep going!
Posted: 5:48 pm on August 13th
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