Pest-proofing and plant names
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: getgrowing.co.nz