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Wonton67
Jun 1, 2017 10:37 AM CST
Hello! I don't understand what is happening to my soil, there are bugs all over. They look like little moths, I am a first time gardener and inexperienced. Please tell me what's wrong? Is there anyway I can fix this problem?
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Tisha
Jun 1, 2017 11:57 AM CST
Welcome! Wonton67
Yes! Soil has both good insects and bad.
Unfortunately I can`t see very well the little guys in your picture.
Could you explain what you are seeing or what type of damage you are experiencing?
The more info you can give the better we can help you I'm all ears!
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Weedwhacker
Jun 1, 2017 10:36 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Wonton67 .

From what I can see they do look like little moths... just one of many types of "bugs" that you will see in your gardens. Smiling Are you noticing any damage on your plants that you think might be due to them?
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Wonton67
Jun 1, 2017 10:39 PM CST
Tisha said: Welcome! Wonton67
Yes! Soil has both good insects and bad.
Unfortunately I can`t see very well the little guys in your picture.
Could you explain what you are seeing or what type of damage you are experiencing?
The more info you can give the better we can help you I'm all ears!



Thank you for welcoming me! :)
From what I can see the soil is stay VERY moist, even when out in the hot sun...
I did change one of my pots soil because it looked like it needed more, I added some of my compost in it and the soil went back to normal.
They look like moths... they have fuzzy antennas and are small and round and grey.
I just want my plants to be happy Sad
I read somewhere that putting sand on it could help? Should I consider that? Or find out what the problem is first?
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Wonton67
Jun 1, 2017 10:40 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:Welcome to NGA, @Wonton67 .

From what I can see they do look like little moths... just one of many types of "bugs" that you will see in your gardens. Smiling Are you noticing any damage on your plants that you think might be due to them?


The only thing I HAVE noticed is that the soil is SUPER moist.
There is also LOTS of little moths (if that is what they are)
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tx_flower_child
Jun 1, 2017 10:47 PM CST
Welcome!

I'm not sure about the sand. But it's a good idea to try to figure out what the true problem is. Otherwise you might be trying one thing after another. Hang in there!
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Philipwonel
Jun 3, 2017 3:36 PM CST
Looks to me, you have a drainage problem. Soil looks somping wet, some mold to. Do you have drainage holes in pots ? If yes ! Good !

Looks like very fertile soil. Maybe holding moisture to well ?
To make soil drain well for potted plants. Hears my formula. It's cheep. Equal part of potting soil or compost to equal part of washed sand.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 3, 2017 6:29 PM CST
So, is the soil in question in containers ? If so, rather than adding your own compost or whatever, I would suggest using a commercial potting mix. (NOT a moisture-retaining type.)
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Wonton67
Jun 4, 2017 5:17 PM CST
Philipwonel said:Looks to me, you have a drainage problem. Soil looks somping wet, some mold to. Do you have drainage holes in pots ? If yes ! Good !

Looks like very fertile soil. Maybe holding moisture to well ?
To make soil drain well for potted plants. Hears my formula. It's cheep. Equal part of potting soil or compost to equal part of washed sand.
😎😎😎



Hello! Thank you for telling me!! I will try this!
I also use my own compost and take it very seriously LOL
I love gardening so much! I will keep you updated on the soil!!!
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Philipwonel
Jun 4, 2017 5:23 PM CST
THANKS ! MUCH ! 😎😎😎
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eddiearni
Jun 5, 2017 8:59 AM CST
Don't worry about insect in your soil, it is a good thing. If you start noticing plant damage send pics and we'll give you advice then. Wet ,oldy soil is def not a goof thing, so as others suggest make sure the soil is drained and nutrified...

Those look like stink bugs to me - I can't tell because the resolution is so low in the image - but if they are, they're totally friendly. Not to worry.

You want a healthy soil ecosystem, and this means all sort of critters, worms, insects, etc - If you're new to gardening, I suggest taking a walk in the forest (if you live near one) - and see how the plants are living, and check out the soil so you can see what healthy soil looks like.

You'll learn very quickly that soil is completely crucial, and as you learn to grow different plants you'll learn that there are different types of soil for different plants and conditions, just as the forest evolved different soils under different trees.
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Wonton67
Jun 5, 2017 9:05 AM CST
eddiearni said:Don't worry about insect in your soil, it is a good thing. If you start noticing plant damage send pics and we'll give you advice then. Wet ,oldy soil is def not a goof thing, so as others suggest make sure the soil is drained and nutrified...

Those look like stink bugs to me - I can't tell because the resolution is so low in the image - but if they are, they're totally friendly. Not to worry.

You want a healthy soil ecosystem, and this means all sort of critters, worms, insects, etc - If you're new to gardening, I suggest taking a walk in the forest (if you live near one) - and see how the plants are living, and check out the soil so you can see what healthy soil looks like.

You'll learn very quickly that soil is completely crucial, and as you learn to grow different plants you'll learn that there are different types of soil for different plants and conditions, just as the forest evolved different soils under different trees.


Thank you so much for this advice!!! It means a lot to me!!!
I will see how it is doing once I add drainage!


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