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wood infested by termites

 
Sebastian Valderrama
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Hello, I am on the forum and a hugelkultur amateur.

I am constructing a raise bed on my garden and I have a lot of wood infested with termites.
Is that wood ok to construct raised beds or termites will just finish it all?

I read something in google that says termites help improving soil. It is true?
Termites can help agriculture crops?
 
John Elliott
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Termites are breaking down the wood into nutrients for the soil. I don't have termites as much as I have bess beetles. While ripping into an old log and seeing a bunch of wriggling 1/4" termites is not very surprising, when you are chucking pieces of log into a new hugelkultur and some 3" long black beetles come scurrying out, it can give you a bit of a start.

As far as I have read, all insect frass has the same NPK value, 2-2-2, so it is a 'balanced' fertilizer, but with those numbers you are going to need a lot of it to feed your plants. Good thing you have all those termites!
 
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