Katie Blue

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Talkback: Slug-proof plants

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 22:56

thanks Shazza1 for the garlic water idea, I'm definately going to give that one a try.

I had loads of slugs in my compost bin last year, the black ones are good for the compost bin apparently, prefering rotting matter to fresh green growth, so if I find any I put them in the compost bin. By the time the compost was ready the slugs had all gone. Had they died with nothing else to eat, or had they just buggered off elsewhere? Will my homemade compost now be full of slug eggs? I have a real problem killing any pests in the garden, even slugs. All the ones I find in the garden go into the brown council recycling compost bin, so go live at the dump. I am worried that I am just sending the problem elsewhere.

Talkback: Dealing with lily beetle

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 22:27

thanks for all your comments. I had a few on the first lilies I grew last year and I thought they were so beautiful (the beetles)  that I got very upset squashing them. I am squemish enough about squashing vine weevils although I am merciless at doing it as they are endemic in gardens in our area, but the lily beetles were gorgeous. Now I know they are not a native species I will feel much better about disposing of them adn redressing the natural balance a bit. But how am I going to be an organic gardener if I can't even squish a slug without feeling guilty. Normally I scoop them up in a trowel and chuck them in the council brown compost bin so they can go and live somewhere else! Occasionally I am brave enough to flatten one with a spade, but not often enough!!

Talkback: Dung-flies and rat-tailed maggots

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 00:15

I've been using reasonably well rotted donkey manure at the bottom of my new raised beds and I keep finding large greyish maggots/larvae in it. I've been picking them out and chucking them, but I'm sure I'll miss a lot of them. I have looked and looked online for info as to whether they are good or bad, with no luck. Does anyone know what they are? Are they a pest? Will they eat all my seedlings? Help!

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