Dangers in your compost
Did any of you see the item in this mornings papers regarding the finding of Legionella bugs in bags of commercial compost - the University of Strathclyde tested 22 brands, and found evidence of the bug in 14. Apparently five gardeners have been infected since August.
Advice is that when handling bags of compost you should wear gloves, and avoid breathing in the dust - suggestion is that you moisten the compost first.
Whilst we shouldn't panic, all gardeners should be aware of the potential dangers of handling compost and manure, especially with bare hands - the risk of blood poisoning is ever-present if you have an open injury on your exposed body.