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May 30, 2014 10:22 AM CST
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Name: Bhingri
(Zone 6b)
I had two 5 gallon buckets I used to grow eggplant and pepper last season. I just got them up from the basement to amend the soil and put eggplant seedlings in. One of the bucket has depleted soil and a lot of what I think are millipedes. What should I do with it now? do I have to dump the soil? Are they harmful to the plants. Can I just scoop out some soil and hope not all of the five gallon is infested?
Photo attached so that somebody can confirm those are millipedes.

Both the buckets were next to each other, but only one has the infestation. This one had another small planter upside down in it was the only difference.

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May 30, 2014 3:14 PM CST
Name: Elaine
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As I recall, millipedes eat other insects, so no they are not harmful to the plants. Beneficial, in fact. Still, I'd refresh that soil before planting your new plants, adding at least half new potting soil to the mix. A healthy population of millipedes might mean there's somebody else living in there as well. Otherwise what have they been feeding on?

Or, you could dump those containers into your new raised bed, and start completely fresh.
Elaine

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May 30, 2014 3:27 PM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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It depends on the species. I know a few species are omnivorous and some are even carnivorous. They feed on insects, earthworms, snails, centipedes, etc. Some species have mouth parts that allow them to feed on plant juices.
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May 31, 2014 8:48 AM CST
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Name: Bhingri
(Zone 6b)
But are they millipedes?
Yesterday's heavy rain or the sun before that seems to have killed them all. Well at least they are not moving anymore. sigh.
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May 31, 2014 9:04 AM CST
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Those are millipedes. Millipedes feed mostly on decaying matter, but as Tee said some feed on other things.
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May 31, 2014 10:27 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
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May 31, 2014 11:33 AM CST
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Name: Bhingri
(Zone 6b)
Thank you. I dumped some soil out. Refreshed it and planted eggplants. My outdoor planting season begins Smiling
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