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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 9:11 pm    Post subject: Leatherjackets and Supernemos Reply with quote

hi all,
looking for a bit more info please, my veg patch is totaly infested with leatherjackets. I uprooted everything ive planted over the past 3 weeks and hand picked out these veg distroying little sh*&s. i have also ordered a packet of these super nemos to put down. is this enough for now or is there something else i could do? Sad
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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a bumper year for leatherjackets.
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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i find hand searching soil before planting the best, if theyre was grass there last year you have more, i say the others yokes will be great if meant for them.
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pollen jim wrote:
i find hand searching soil before planting the best, if theyre was grass there last year you have more, i say the others yokes will be great if meant for them.

cheers for that. there was grass last year were my raised beds are now.
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi P, Don"t know whether this will help or not, Came across a thing called "Bio Sterlilant Mustard Seed" Seems you plant it, and when it grows, you rotavate into the ground. Supposed to kill all the little nasties including vine weavels, leatherjackets ect, and leaves the ground sterile. Not much use for this years crop I"m afraid. I think you can plant it in the Autumn to rotavate in the spring. Maybe Michael or someone with more knowledge than me might enlighten you further.
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sounds interesting this, need to know more, anyone? Surprised
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

quick google:

http://www.victoriananursery.co.uk/Bio_Sterilant_Mustard_Seed_Trial_Pack__50_Square_Metres/
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tunnelsofhens10 wrote:
Hi P, Don"t know whether this will help or not, Came across a thing called "Bio Sterlilant Mustard Seed" Seems you plant it, and when it grows, you rotavate into the ground. Supposed to kill all the little nasties including vine weavels, leatherjackets ect, and leaves the ground sterile. Not much use for this years crop I"m afraid. I think you can plant it in the Autumn to rotavate in the spring. Maybe Michael or someone with more knowledge than me might enlighten you further.

thanks very much for this. i will have to do somsthing like this for next year as im realy having difficulty this year. all my cabbage, broccili and lettuce are slowed or totaly ruined so far because of this pest, but i dont wont to resort to chemicals/pesticides to reolve this. i think for me this year is going to be a steep learning curve so i will just have to do my best!
i will post some pics tomorrow to show you some of the damage that has been done.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone know of any other garden centre doing this, (Bio Mustard) Postage can be quite expensive from above.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

does it kill good things like worms, dont rush, more research needed, also looks like growing seasons, colliding. be careful, garden centres not selling this stuff for a reason, think 1st, act 2nd, my advice on the subject. is slow your horse's
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If all else fails, leatherjackets are excellent bait for trout. Go fishing?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My chickens love them as well
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been wetting the veg patches and putting down planks of wood directly onto the soil. Leave it a couple of days and come back and lift the wood. The first day I did this, the soils actually started moving there was so many of the little bast&ards! Picked loads out and dispatched by rock! Still doing it and getting the odd one here and there.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

During an early morning bit of downtime I've tried to follow up on the Bio Sterilant Mustard thread but have come to the conclusion that,as the saying goes, 'If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.' If someone is trying to sell you something, it's best to look for what they're NOT saying, as well as what they are, e.g. what does it do to earthworms, as someone has said?

My initial misgivings were based on most of the browse results ending up in Victoriana Nursery's site? If others haven't jumped on the bandwagon, there may be a reason.

I then found a UK 'Grow Your Own' forum that explored the idea. There were quite a few 'I'm going to try this' posts but no rave reviews and it seemed to peter out in 2011.

Another site, 'Open.salon' from the USA, raised the subject in relation to large scale growing in the area that supplies MacDonalds but uses chemical sterilants. A lengthy article suggested that these high powered growers wouldn't risk a year's crop, or part of one, to experiment with BSM and yet, if it was going to be a step towards a disease/bug free crop, one would have thought that someone, somewhere would have done a trial. This thread, too, seems to have expired a year or two ago without any sort of conclusion so, as someof you have cautioned, whatever it DOES do, the side effects may not be so good?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That makes sense to me, plenty to chew on there, blowin.
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