Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Hello form (near) our nation's capital!
by yolos Today at 9:54 am

» Ground Cherries
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 9:47 am

» My name is boffer, and I'm a juicer.
by CapeCoddess Today at 9:35 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing February 2017?
by Mimi2 Today at 9:30 am

» Hello from Pottstown, PA
by newbeone Today at 7:46 am

» Senseless Banter...
by CapeCoddess Today at 7:41 am

» Compost for Mel's Mix
by MrBooker Today at 6:16 am

» So. California & Inland Valleys -March / April Planting Guide
by sanderson Today at 2:19 am

» My Solar Dehydrator at Work
by sanderson Today at 2:11 am

» Advice and Preparations for Sweet Potatoes in Wisconsin
by sanderson Today at 1:25 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson Today at 1:21 am

» February 2017 Avatar: Time to Wake Up!
by countrynaturals Today at 12:17 am

» Bare Root Fruit Trees
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 7:13 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 6:12 pm

» Invasive Tree Roots - Very important topic for newbies.
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:25 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:11 pm

» Winter Gardens - Photos
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 12:45 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan Yesterday at 12:23 pm

» Lower South Feb 2017
by ralitaco Yesterday at 11:59 am

» One Very Happy Earthworm!
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:14 am

» My experiences with commercial cedar raised beds
by ralitaco Yesterday at 11:06 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:18 am

» Cold garage starters
by Ginger Blue 2/24/2017, 8:47 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by BeetlesPerSqFt 2/24/2017, 5:44 pm

» A really, really Frugal Gardener
by CapeCoddess 2/24/2017, 2:22 pm

» New England February 2017
by CapeCoddess 2/24/2017, 1:45 pm

» Spaghetti Squash Recipes
by newbeone 2/24/2017, 9:20 am

» New compost bin and 4x8 cedar bed
by newbeone 2/24/2017, 8:29 am

» N&C Midwest: February 2017
by CitizenKate 2/24/2017, 12:19 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Scorpio Rising 2/23/2017, 11:49 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Open bottom compost pile - holes in ground

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Open bottom compost pile - holes in ground

Post  sanderson on 9/16/2013, 2:38 am

I have an open bottom compost cage.  I'm cleaning up the dirt bottom and I notice several holes in the dirt, about a good 1/4". In the photos, you can see wood shavings and other compost left overs. The office clips are 1" wide, the type for about 30-50 pages.

I have 2 critters in the compost that have been screened out.  1.  Black soldier fly larva / pupa  2. Green fruit beetle grubs (C-shaped larva)  They are present in this area of CA.  I saw one outside the screen-in/tulle covered compost cage.  It reminded me of a iridescent green, lumbering C130, loaded with fire water, having engine trouble.  Don't know how it get off the ground.

Does anyone know if the holes in the soil are from either of these? I will treat the soil if it's #2.  #2 beetle eats mainly decaying fruit but will also eat good fruits and veggies.  As I don't have chickens, both #1 and #2 will meet their Maker.

But if the holes are large garden worm highways into the compost I won't treat the soil.  No worms noted in compost.


sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12919
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Open bottom compost pile - holes in ground

Post  plantoid on 9/17/2013, 6:30 pm

Mice  or moles searching for an easy  free meal of fat juicy  worms etc. in the lower levels of the heap perhaps ???

plantoid

Male Posts : 3663
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 66

View user profile

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum