Matamata Chronicle - - Gardening -

The thick lay­ers of mulch in my gar­den are an ear­wig par­adise. I try to live with them as they do pre­date aphids, mealy bugs and small cater­pil­lars. Di­atoma­ceous earth is ef­fec­tive for keep­ing earwigs away from straw­ber­ries and young seedlings. But when there’s a pop­u­la­tion ex­plo­sion I take ac­tion by mak­ing my own trap with crum­pled news­pa­per in­side an up­turned flower pot. Earwigs clus­ter in the news­pa­per, which can be stamped on, burnt earwigs and all, or shaken into a bucket of soapy wa­ter.

In Shawna Coron­ado’s new book, 101 Or­ganic Gar­den­ing Hacks I found a method I hadn’t

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