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By Hank

Cheshire, United Kingdom Gb

In the past years I have been filling my big tomato pots 1/3 full of the compost that has been in the bottom of my “dalek” for about 2 years, then filling up with bought compost, which has worked very well.
This year I notice that there are a lot of tiny worms in my compost even though it has been in there the same length of time. Will the worms be detrimental to my plants ? Should I use all bagged compost ?



I wouldn't think that the worms (possibly brandlings) will do any harm but they will eventually run out of food in the soil in your pots. I would much rather sieve them out and return them to your compost bin to carry on breaking down the material.

26 Apr, 2019


Thanks Jimmy, I would love to be able to sieve it as you suggest, but my compost has always been very damp and .”unsieveable”, despite me never putting water etc in there. I thought that was normal ?

26 Apr, 2019


if you leave the compost out to dry out a little bit then you will be able to retrieve the worms. but as to your actual query; no they wont harm your plants.
mine is always on the damp side too but it does sit directly on the soil.

26 Apr, 2019


Worms don't like sunlight so if you spread the compost in a bright spot & cover maybe a third of it with an old compost bag or something most of the worms will move under cover. Might take a while but you can then separate into two piles.

26 Apr, 2019


Thanks very much guys, the problem is solved.

27 Apr, 2019

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