The life in a compost heap – a bug’s life

January 30, 2013

in Composting

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A whole universe of life in compost heaps and  wormeries

It may look like dead and lifeless to you as you look at it. A compost heap is similar to a huge city, teeming with life, death, decay, recycling and can contain millions of soil-dwelling microbes, many still unknown to science and you would need a microscope to view. I can only mention here a small selection of the more important soil-dwelling organisms. This will hopefully give you some idea as to the complexity of life that exists in compost heaps and worm bins. Some of the unseen and unsung heroes of recycling !

This article was written together with a magazine called Resource a few years ago……   Download part 1  A bugs life compost creatures (1)

Part (2)  ( You can see these ones!)   This article takes  “closer look” at life in a compost heap. Many people have a compost heap in the garden and know very little of the life that exists in it!  A compost heap is similar to a huge city, teeming with life, death, decay, recycling and can contain many millions of soil-dwelling microbes, many still unknown to science and for which you would need a microscope to view. I can only mention here a small selection of the more important soil-dwelling organisms. This will hopefully give you some idea as to the complexity of life that exists in compost heaps and worm bins. Some of the unseen and unsung heroes of recycling !

These are the creatures that you can see. Some you may regards as pests !!!!!             But to do that you have to click here!! ……..A Bug’s life- compost creatures (2)

Life in a compost heap

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mike January 31, 2013 at 11:09 am

Most interesting.
Well presented….

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nurturingnature January 31, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Thank you!! I have found school teachers download it for their classes!

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