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by Bestofour on May 01, 2006 12:46 PM
Should I be concerned about grubs in the compost? Should I still use it?

Another ?
When you guys say you mulch your vegetable plants, do you mean you put compost around them or that you buy "mulch" at the store and put it around them? That will get expensive.

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by Longy on May 02, 2006 10:42 PM
Don't be concerned about the grubs. You can pick them out and feed them to the birds but i wouldn't bother. You can still use the compost.

I use cheap wethered bales of hay as mulch, i find it does a lot of good, adds humus, keeps the soil cool. Keeps the fruit clean etc. I wouldn't be buying it from a store.

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by Bestofour on May 06, 2006 04:25 PM
I thought grubs were bad for plants and grass. What am I thinking of?

Can I put plain, home grown compost in my garden as a top dressing to do the things you mentioned?

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by Michael15r on May 06, 2006 05:19 PM
Are grubs like spiders? Because in my compost pile I have a lot of spiders walking all around the pile. I don't mind them as they are not the mean kind.

I've once ran into a black spider, not a black window, but a pitch black spider with some odd spots. No webs, but was walking...and when I got close to it...it put up a fight with me! It claws were sticking up and it didn't run like other spiders!
I was so scared! I was amazed though!!

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by Bestofour on May 07, 2006 03:17 AM
Grubbs are like fat, white, short worms that curl into a C. I've heard that if you have them in your yard they will definitely kill the grass so I'm wondering if they will kill my flowers and vegetables. I've heard that if you dig up a plug of sod and see so many grubbs per inch or foot or something then you're in trouble. I've seen 4 or 5 in my compost pile. I threw them in the woods. We don't have a problem with our grass so I can't imagine why they're in my compost pile. I also have fat, thick, tanish color on the top with tiny red legs on the bottom, worm like things that curl into a big C shape. Any ideas on that one?

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by weezie13 on May 07, 2006 05:20 AM
Did you have any pictures of them Sheri????

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by Bestofour on May 07, 2006 01:28 PM
by Bestofour on May 07, 2006 01:46 PM
my other worm is a millipede. They curl up into a C shape for defensive reasons. They eat organic matter - hence the compost pile.

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