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Sep 5, 2016 3:09 PM CST
|Hi Every body|
I am soil scientist and working on a project of poultry composting . i , some doubts about a thing, actully i was working on a trail to test my finshied poultry compost , i just mix it with peat moss (1 :1) as a medium for my green chilli seeds. After 4 days i found white meggots like larvae in my seedling tray. i am worried please suggest what to do?
Sep 6, 2016 10:39 AM CST
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If you have maggots, I would assume your poultry compost was not done composting yet. In my experience, it takes about a year for poultry waste mixed with other organics to compost properly.
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Sep 6, 2016 10:50 AM CST
|Not knowing what type of maggots they are I can make a guess. It only takes one day for the common housefly egg to hatch into a maggot so I would think the fly deposited the eggs onto your soil and less likely that the eggs were leftover from the compost process.|
You could try to repeat the experiment by re-planting in a controlled fly-free environment and keep the planters in a screened enclosure.
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Sep 6, 2016 4:57 PM CST
|Hi Fakharsherazi. Welcome to NGA!|
Diluted hydrogen peroxide will kill some things, maybe larvae?
Try 0.2% H2O2. Drench the soil often enough to kill the hatching maggots.
If you can buy "drugstore peroxide", it will be around 3% strength, so you would dilute that by 16:1. For example,
2 ounces 3% H2O2 + 1 quart water.
But, if the soil is very fine, it will hold a lot of water and not drain very well. "Compost plus peat" sounds VERY finely divided and very water-retentive, and NOT well aerated or fast-draining. If you get them past all the hatching living things, the seedlings will still have to survive "damping off" as they grow through the organic-rich, microbe-rich soil. And that rotting compost will attract lots of fungus and flies.
I agree that, IF you use compost to start seeds, it should be very well-finished compost, to reduce the number of microorganisms and insect eggs by as much as possible.
If you do use FINISHED compost , add something to the seedling mix that promotes aeration and fast drainage - something coarse, like crushed stone or grit, Perlite, or pine bark shreds.
Starting seedlings in a near-sterile soilless mix might be wiser than using compost plus other fine particles.
BTW, I thought the main value of chicken manure was all the nutrients, especially nitrogen, that it contributes. But seedlings need very LOW nutrient levels!
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