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    • jj@8cv
    • By jj@8cv 21st Sep 16, 9:00 AM
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    Wood Lice in Compost
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    Wood Lice in Compost 21st Sep 16 at 9:00 AM
    I am quite happy to have wood lice in my compost heap as they help to break it down but what is the best way to get rid of them when I want to use the compost for sowing. I have tried sieving with a fine sieve but still find "baby" ones in it. Will they eat/spoil any seeds planted in it.
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    • Lube
    • By Lube 21st Sep 16, 11:11 AM
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    I dont use home made compost for sowing. Seeds germinate better in a sterile compost. Its fine once the seeds get bigger.
    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 21st Sep 16, 5:59 PM
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    I wouldn't use it for sowing either, sorry you really do want seed and cutting compost.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 22nd Sep 16, 8:00 AM
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    When sowing seeds, you mostly need a medium without the sort of micro-organisms found in home made compost, which will influence growth far more than woodlice, which feed on dead material.

    For something easy, like radishes, it might be fine, but for smaller seed and plants prone to damping-off. it's a no-no.
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    • By -taff 23rd Sep 16, 10:28 AM
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    • 23rd Sep 16, 10:28 AM
    You could microwave your compost in small batches to serilise it.
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