Composting diatomaceous earth???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Monk, May 20, 2009.

  1. Monk

    Monk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2009
    Can anyone tell me if diatomaceous earth has any negative effects on the compost pile or compost containing diatomaceous earth use in the garden?
  2. mfsakc

    mfsakc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    El Dorado County, CA
    From what I've read on DE - once it gets wet it is no longer effective. Since a good compost pile gets wet I would think the DE would be a non issue. Someone more educated on the subject may have more to say/add.
  3. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    No I've used it in mine for a couple years. Some think it will kill earthworms but it doesnt kill soft bodied animals like earthworms or grubs. I use it in my garden on my plants all the time, it kills mites but not tomato worms. It kills ants, it will kill bees but bees dont usually land on the ground where it would be so I've never noticed them affected here, we have lots of bees around. Just make sure you are using food grade....

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  4. Monk

    Monk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2009
    Thanks for the info. I wanted to try DE but were concerned about it winding up in my compost, thanks.
  5. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    DE will kill earthworms if enough of it is on the worms
    it is jaged and the diadems do puncture holes in the earthworms body and they de hydrate
    you must not have very much in your compost so it is not evedent to the worms or other soft bodied bugs

    just what is in the manure of the chickens will kill soft bodied flies as they lite on the DE
    that has to be at least 2% DE of the amt of feed used with DE added

    But it is alright in the compost pile as the DE kills flies etc

    Like for gardens you have to put the DE on the plants when they are fresh wet so it sticks as when it rains the DE falls into the soil

    so by adding it when the plants are after a rain it will work then

    when folks spray it in water on the cattle and goats and horses etc then they also spray it on the barn walls
    and when it drys it is very activly destroying mites lice and flies
  6. Slywoody

    Slywoody Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    Very interesting, Thank you Glenda. Nice to have you aboard here on BYC. Always informative, with a fountain of information. Woody
  7. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    I use it all around my garden and in my chicken coop and under my quail pen and in their feed and dust boxes... so whatever is left when I clean it goes in my compost. I clean weekly.. I do not do deep litter. I get worms out of my compost all the time for fishing and feeding my birds. So no I'm not dumping piles of it in but there's plenty that goes into it. I dust my whole yard and garden area with it using a sprayer that mixes it with water. So there's plenty around my yard and plenty of earthworms too. Flies are not what I am calling a soft body worms and grubs.

  8. donna conrad

    donna conrad New Egg

    May 17, 2014
    Thanks for the great info. We are new chicken owners and I have know about DE for years. It came up in regards to the chickens, very helpful![​IMG]

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