Posted: 16/03/2015 at 22:54
.....and not only good climbers, but they produce hundreds and thousands of nasty grubs that eat all the roots of potted plants. I believe Verdun uses the grubs in stews - as they are awfully like witchiti grubs - and full of protein! Some people like them on toast, and some feed them to the birds. They need a silver hammer and a rock to kill the weevils !
I have spent the last few days emptying all my pots and tubs - spreading out the spent compost (discarding rootless ex plants as I go) and squidging the bugs....using some un ladylike language in a muttering fashion. Be careful when squidging them - they squirt a long way, and could get you in the eye....keep your mouth covered if you dont like the taste.
I agree with Verdun - they seem to enjoy fleshy plants in nice fresh compost, so this year I shall try plain old soil with lots of grit mixed in - a good mulch of grit on top, and a few small and tough shrubs with some good old blousy nasurtiums to add some colour.
How I loathe these creatures!