Pest-proof­ing and plant names

Matamata Chronicle - - Gardening - BAR­BARA SMITH

poi­son, a re­fill­able bait sta­tion will keep the bait se­cure and free of mois­ture. Keep re­plac­ing bait un­til there’s no more ac­tiv­ity. The com­post bin is the plas­tic, Dalek­shaped type and it’s time the con­tents were turned. I’ll rat­proof it by mov­ing it to a new lo­ca­tion with a layer of chicken wire un­der the base and across the ven­ti­la­tion holes. seen be­fore.

Mix to­gether cup wa­ter, 3 ta­ble­spoons soy sauce and 1 tea­spoon mo­lasses. In the evening, dig a hole in the area where the earwigs are at­tack­ing your plants and sink a small, shal­low con­tainer in the soil so the top is level with the ground. Pour in the mix­ture and gen­tly add veg­etable oil over the top of the liq­uid so it forms a very thin layer. Bear in mind that earwigs are at­tracted to moist ar­eas so dampen the mulch be­fore set­ting the trap. Count the corpses next morn­ing! This col­umn is adapted from the weekly e-zine, get grow­ing, from New Zealand Gar­dener mag­a­zine. For gar­den­ing ad­vice de­liv­ered to your in­box ev­ery Fri­day, sign up for Get Grow­ing at: get­grow­

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