This is a PS to the thread on pine shavings. I got to thinking about how DE kills bugs, and then I got to thinking about all of the precious earthworms in my compost, and that made me wonder if compost and DE are a good combination. Any thoughts?
Thanks for the links. Looks like it's okay in compost but in small doses and maybe with water added? I used a lot in my hen house (under a layer of pine shavings) and am thinking maybe I should scoop some out and save it for later.
I use DE in my coop. If the birds poop on their roosts I brush off the poop and sprinkle some DE on the spot and brush it around. I have a wire poop pit so the DE does fall through into the poop. It gets raked out and goes into my compost. When I turn my piles they are beautiful. I turn my piles weekly and water.
I use DE and throw the coop waste with the DE in my compose.
Did you say WORMS!!!! I should start selling them for a penny a piece and make a million dollars. (Just joking of course) But, you get the idea.
I even sprinkle some DE on top of my compose if flies start to come around. The don't hang around for long.