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Zone Birmingham, Al. Southeastern US | Johnsdemiblair added on May 20, 2018 | Answered

Hello, found plant beside street, dug up an noticed how rich the soil was. Someone has been throwing there grass clippings for years, also five big oak trees were cut down from storms and really big bamboo stalks have taken over. I wanted a couple for privacy behind our pool so got a couple. The soil was soft amazing even an full of worms. So I went back later with garbage can (clean) and dugout compost with lots of wiggle worms thinking they would finish the process. I added all sorts of amendments from down to earth/ bat guano blood and bone meals kelp fish meal neem cake meal alfalfa etc. mixed up worms happy. next day checked, worms very sluggish probably 90• with lid on. Noticed worms split, out few air holes so I put in total shade. The amendments were to be added to organic potting garden soil, mixed an put in sun for 60 days then carefully mixed in an around garden plants that should be bigger and able to handle hot or rich soil. Now my worms are gone/ compost stinks, and 100 bucks of amendments in trash barrel. Guess I should have learned a whole lot more before I started. So question should I go buy a couple cans of wigglers and let them finish composting in cool spot or drag trash barrel back into sun and let heat and air do it magic or cut up watermelon an other fruits to sweeten up the pile and add greens to let cook … what’s best to do ?

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