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I am trying to recycle soil from alley where people have dumped their garden waste. I've put it thru a sieve and removed stones and roots. There are tiny womes in it is. Is this a problem and do I need to do anything else to the soil?



I'd be concerned at what you're trying to do, laudable though it is to clear up and recycle the garden waste - are you sure that animals, both domestic and foxes, haven't polluted this waste? You could be putting yourself and your family at risk by touching it and using it.

7 Jul, 2010


If the tiny worms are just little red brandlings, that's no problem. If they are tiny white worms, they are just often found in poorly aerated and wet compost. I would be cautious how you use it as it could be contaminated, but why not compost it for a few months in a black bin or mixed with other compostables as that would give time for any pathogens to break down. I must admit I would probably use gloves with something of suspect origin but once it is well rotted and dug into the soil there shouldn't be any problem.

7 Jul, 2010

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