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Millipede Composting: A Novel Method for Organic Waste Recycling

"The increase in organic nutrients may be due to the presence of gut microflora of the millipede. The increased level of nitrogen in the millicompost may be due to the excretory products of the millipedes and by the increased rate of mineralization of organic nitrogen by the micro organism in the millipede feces. High degree of decomposition and mineralization increase high nitrogen content of soil which may fix atmospheric nitrogen in significant quantities and also act as vital source of nitrogen for the plant growth."


"millicompost contained all the essential nutrients at the optimum level to enhance the growth and yield of the vegetable plant"
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Old 03-08-2014, 01:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Comparative study of characteristics of biocompost produced by
millipedes and earthworms


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Plant wastes can be degraded by millipedes (Arthropods of class Diplopoda) to produce compost called Milli-compost similar to Vermi-compost. A comparative study of composts produced with the help of millipedes / earthworm / without millipede and earthworm was undertaken. Physico-chemical parameters of composts were evaluated. It was found that contents of available nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium were more in Milli-compost and Vermi-compost as compared to ordinary compost. Contents of nutrients in Milli-compost were more than Vermi-compost. Increase in water holding capacity and pore space between particles of Milli-compost and Vermi-compost and decrease in bulk density were also observed. Milli-compost production technology may prove to be beneficial for agriculture in near future.



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You just answered the question that I had regarding the comparison between Vermi-compost and Milli-compost.

Now I'll have all the kids out collecting all the millipedes they can find.
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Good to know. Have tons of millipedes in my yard.
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You just answered the question that I had regarding the comparison between Vermi-compost and Milli-compost.

Now I'll have all the kids out collecting all the millipedes they can find.


Not all millipedes have the same habits, choose the ones that prefer to live in or under the hot compost.
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Good to know. Have tons of millipedes in my yard.
Great for composting banana leaves.

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All those red millipedes around here look mighty nice now! Thanks!
MY neighbor works at an elementary school cafeteria and brings "banana peels" that the kids throw out for my worm bin. The kids toss a lot of uneaten bananas! Wonder if millipedes eat bananas.....
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Leaving ripe uneaten bananas & peels out for a day will attract the KING of COMPOST.

For composting quickly, use black soldier flies.

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BSFs are a very good way to compost fish or chicken wastes, including meat. Many of the permies use them in aquaponics systems to process the fish waste, then feed these to chickens, then use another set of bsf to process chicken waste, which are then fed to the fish..
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Leaving uneaten bananas & peels out for a day will attract the KING of compost.

Be still my heart!
I yearned for black soldier flies in my compost ( OK, I was always a weird kid!), but never thought I did.
Life is grand, complex and abundant. Thanks to you!, I just realized that all the flat grubs in my compost are.... TA DA! BSF!
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I'll stick with wormcomposting. With freezing temps here, I have no choice to do it in my basement. There's no way I'm letting millipedes in!!!
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Thanks Keith for posting/sharing this valuable information!......
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Well, I'm Canadian. My worms stay in the bin so they're perfect for me.
Anyways, I prefer pets outside.
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With billions of millipedes constantly fertilizing all of the bananas we've never once had to think about buying fertilizer.

They make growing huge bunches very easy.

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Pretty active! A bit smaller than expected but there's plenty of them!
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I supply the Millipedes with cover: old banana leaves, food: banana peels, vegetable scrap and coffee grounds and they love it!....


Thank you Keith (PR-Giants) for showing me this "bio-process (trick)" to supply more than enough nutrients for the easy grow of bananas!.....


As you mentioned Keith, "Millipedes makes growing bananas too easy and you never need to buy fertilizer!" "Plus they won't unionize."....


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