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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:17 pm    Post subject: Hello again Reply with quote

Hi, all. I've been pretty busy at non-gardening things lately and haven't even been on the website until this evening. I've enjoyed catching up and hearing from new members.
As for my garden: well, what a spring? I can't remember one like it, for cold and dryness. But at long last things are beginning to move. Since I was last online I've had some raised beds built for my new veg/fruit garden and since last week I've been busy planting. I've not used raised beds before so I'm experimenting with block-planting and companion planting, hoping to take advantage of the depth of the soil and its fertility. The beds are between a foot and 18 inches deep (on a slope) and about 6ft long x 4 ft wide and the soil under them is quite good, too. I had loads of my own compost to add. One concern is shelter from the NW wind, since a once-six foot hedge got badly damaged by frost two years ago. It's gradually growing again.
Does anyone have any advice to offer on wireworms? I seem to have an awful lot of them. They aren't really a problem in the ornamental garden as long as the plants are healthy. But I can imagine the blighters licking their chops in anticipation at the thought of my spuds, carrots etc. do marigolds deter them.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you have wire worms there is nothing available for gardeners to control them
here is an interesting article on their lifecycle its a Canadian site.
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/00-047.htm
and EHow have some tips on how to control them naturaly
http://www.ehow.com/how_4486557_get-rid-wireworms-naturally.html
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Greengage, useful info. I've found an illustration of the species most likely to be found here, Agriotes Lineatum, on this RSPB site: http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/wildlifegarden/atoz/c/clickbeetle.aspx
At least ill know what the adults look like, when I see them, so I can give them the benefit of the heel of my boot! I'll try the traps, too.
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