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Earthworms in compost bin.

I have a plastic compost bin. When I open the lid loads of earthworms fall down. Where do they come from? Are they on way in or way out? Noirin, Palmerstown, Co Dublin Posted: 20/10/2017

These are compost worms, specialists at breaking down plant material, as in a wormery. They probably came in with some plant debris you gathered up, and then multiplied.

Sometimes, if the compost gets a bit too hot, they climb up but they are natural wanderers, seeking food.

Add some material for them to feed on, taking out rooted material too.

 

create a compost plot

I am looking for advice on how to create a compost heap, i have lawn cuttings, also this year i have planted a vegatable garden. Can i put old potatoe stalks, cabbage leaves, carrot leaves etc in to a compost heap. Should the compost heap have a concrete base. maamval, Maam Valley, Co Galway Posted: 06/09/2009

 

Any plant material can be put in a compost heap, except some kinds of diseased vegetables, notably onion white rot, which can survive composting.

 Compost does not need a concrete base, but a concrete base could be used to catch the leachate from the heap which can be diluted to make a good liquid feed.

More at: http://www.garden.ie/howtogrow.aspx?id=1223

 

 

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