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What's this in my compost heap ?

GardenAmateurGardenAmateur Posts: 75
edited May 2019 in Problem solving
It's the little brown pebble looking things is it Ants should I do anything or just leave leave them be? 


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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,207
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Papi Jo said:
    I was just wondering if I needed to correct that it's been picked up now so no point  :(
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    Take no notice @GardenAmateur some people are too pedantic for their own good.
    i haven’t got a clue what those things are, the white bits look like shed skins and the brown look like chrysalis, of what, I don’t know. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,297
    Those are ants' eggs; the ants enjoy the warmth from the rotting vegetation.  If you'd rather they weren't there, you could water the heap regularly - ants like it dry and will find another home.   :)

    We understood you anyway, without the correction...   ;)
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • I think as long as its ants and nothing more damaging/scary will leave them be . Thanks for help (and grammar education)
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,819
    edited May 2019
    This forum has its fair share of pedants 😉  ... fortunately most of them can garden and are as free with their horticultural advice as they are with their grammar and spelling corrections 🤭 😉 

    Your photo shows ant pupa cases or cocoons ... you can leave them alone and they’ll just get on with their lives ... but ants nesting in your compost does indicate that it’s probably too dry and needs turning more regularly. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    What are the little white ones Dove? 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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