Hi all. I’ve been hoovering up the accumulated wisdom of these forums for a while now, and I hope someone here can help me with a bit of a puzzle. My compost pile has been really quite healthy for a while now; I’m using a three-bin system, not being terribly stringent on composting principles, but keeping my ratios healthy. It has been full of earthworms all year, but in the last month or so, they’ve disappeared. I didn’t change anything, and while it has periods of higher heat, now isn’t one of those times.
I’m in eastern PA, and it’s been really wet this summer, but I don’t think they’re abandoning my easy-to-move-through compost pile for the clay soil underneath. There’s either a possum or raccoon in the area that needs to be relocated for a host of reasons, and I think it’s been digging in my compost. I covered it with chicken wire, and the digging has stopped. Still, it’s a largish pile, and I raked it all out to see if they’d moved deeper into the mound. Not a one. I know raccoons and possums can be pretty thorough, but I can’t imaging they snagged every last one.