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Talkback: New Zealand flatworms

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 16:07

the mucus can cause a reaction on human skin.  My boffin advised wearing rubber gloves when on 'safari'.  He also advised dropping them into a jar of bleach solution.  This also kills and is less smelly than salt water.

When they are ready to reproduce, they develop a lump.  The skin splits and one of the black eggs slips through the slit. It looks like a shiny black bead.  The egg contains up to 10 tiny flatworms which can survive  immediately.  They grow on until they split the egg and then go off on the hunt. 

Talkback: New Zealand flatworms

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 13:27

About 20 years ago I lived on the Island of Bute and found them in my garden.  Within 2 years all earthworms disappeared and the soil became increasingly compacted and difficult to dig.  I contacted a boffin at the University of Aberdeen and corresponded with him over a few years.  Originally he asked me to post him worms which I caught in a sealed plastic bag but as they were so numerous, latterly, I counted the ones I destroyed and reported back.  I could kill anything up to 5000 in a year and the numbers never seemed to diminish.  When I moved to my current home in North Ayrshire, I scrupulously washed all gardening equipment and did not bring any plants as I did not wish to spread the problem.  This worked, until now.

13 years on, I have just discovered one under a bag of compost in my greenhouse.  I can't say how disappointed I am......

water-in-the-greenhouse

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 14:24

Thanks Bournemouthgardiner.  It's the second type and I've got the pipe run and under and into the greenhouse.  Thinking I would cement a post onto the side of the foundations and attach the tap & pipework to that.  Does this sound ok?

Oh, I've joined it to the pipework going to another outside tap so that side is fine. It is just what happens at the greenhouse end.

water-in-the-greenhouse

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 14:15

It is 8 x 10, aluminium rhino set on a concrete foundation. No dwarf wall.

water-in-the-greenhouse

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 13:51

I've just bought a greenhouse and am hoping to put a mains water tap inside.  I need guidance on how to fix it to the structure.

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How to site a tap in the greenhouse 
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