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Using Spanish Moss in a Worm Bin

We live in Florida with many southern oaks and they have Spanish moss hanging from them. Can it be used for our worm container?

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October 9, 20190 found this helpful

You can use peat moss in a worm container and if peat moss is fine I do not see a problem to use the Spanish Moss in the container.

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October 9, 20190 found this helpful

You can. I would not use it exclusively.

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October 9, 20190 found this helpful

It would work better if you could mix your moss with-aged compost,aged cow or horse manure,if not available peat moss and Spanish moss makes a great bed for worms!

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October 9, 20190 found this helpful

I also live in Florida and have found that Spanish moss can be used in worm containers and also as mulch but it is most popular in craft projects.

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I have found that it takes longer for Spanish moss to break down than peat and regular compost. I believe this is due to the thin black 'sting' inside the moss (you can scrape the outer coating and see this string).
If using very much I would suggest taking heavy scissors and cut your moss into smaller pieces so it does not make a string layer in your worm bed.

My daughter has a worm bed made after the directions on this site.
You might find it useful.

www.lcweekly.com/.../1733-the-wonderful-world-of-worms

www.diynatural.com/.../

Problem with handling Spanish moss:
Chiggers are a major problem if the Spanish Moss has been lying on the ground. I have never found Chiggers in my moss and I use it for mulch so not sure where the chiggers come from (they are not in hanging moss).

Spanish moss does not kill a tree or bush but it stops air and sunlight from getting to limbs and leaves so in actuality, it does kill the tree/bush (unless you thin it out and let light reach the leaves).

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October 9, 20190 found this helpful

Use it as an addition to the other composting materials you use.

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