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Post  No_Such_Reality Fri 27 Oct 2017 - 12:55

Last weekend I topped off the new raised wall planting bed.  Having run out of my homemade compost to mix with the soil, I supplemented with some local store bought 'garden soil' (composted forest product) and composted steer and chicken manure.

Today for the first time, I've seen this unfriendly...  the land planarian, AKA hammerhead flatworm.

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Granted, the above flatworm may have been in my own compost or soil, however, never having seen one around in the last seven years of working in the morning in the garden, odd that I find one a few days after adding store compost.

This creature measured in around 6 inches, so on my computer screen, the image is somewhat smaller than real life.   Shocked
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Post  plantoid Fri 27 Oct 2017 - 16:11

Was that worm six inches long when contracted . ?

 I unearthed an eight inch on Monday afternoon .   It stretched to a good foot or more when fully extended .
 Whatever the length , worms like that mean your garden / compost is good  , no worms means not good soil .

 My beds have three types of worms these days :-  Big lob worms like the one in th picture  , smaller ones and striped brandlings that work their way through newly composted matter  I've recently added to the beds .
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Post  trolleydriver Fri 27 Oct 2017 - 16:55

If that is a hammerhead slug/flatworm, you do not want it in your garden. They feed on earthworms (the good worms).

http://www.strangeanimals.info/2014/11/hammerhead-slug-worlds-largest-flatworm.html
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Post  Scorpio Rising Fri 27 Oct 2017 - 18:25

YUK!  I have never seen one of those....glad.
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Post  countrynaturals Sat 28 Oct 2017 - 8:53

Scorpio Rising wrote:YUK!  I have never seen one of those....glad.
We've seen a few. Didn't know they were bad guys. If we see anymore, we'll relocate them to the woods behind us. Shocked
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Post  donnainzone5 Sat 28 Oct 2017 - 8:59

I read about this evil creature some time ago, but fortunately have never seen one.  

Perhaps, if one needs to purchase store-bought compost, sifting would be one way to detect this worm.

Rather than re-locate, I think it would be best to search and destroy!
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Post  has55 Tue 31 Oct 2017 - 15:47

donnainzone5 wrote:I read about this evil creature some time ago, but fortunately have never seen one.  

Perhaps, if one needs to purchase store-bought compost, sifting would be one way to detect this worm.

Rather than re-locate, I think it would be best to search and destroy!
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I never saw one but if I do, it will be eliminated like a roach.
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt Thu 2 Nov 2017 - 21:00

I'm wondering if they 'surface' seasonally. I see them more in the fall. Today I saw more total than the past three years. They were mostly under plastic items on the concrete driveway - including underneath unopened bags of compost.
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