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Gardeners' World - - Monty Q & A -

Q How can I get rid of wire­worms in the gar­den? Heather Paulucy Wire­worms are the larvae of click bee­tles and like to bur­row into the tu­bers of pota­toes and the juicy roots of many plants. They are most com­mon in ground that has re­cently been cul­ti­vated from grass be­cause the adult bee­tles tend to lay eggs in grass rather than bare soil. The larvae then take up to four years be­fore pu­pat­ing. So if you keep turn­ing the soil, the wire­worm pop­u­la­tion should di­min­ish over two to four years. And by turn­ing the soil you ex­pose the larvae to birds, who love them.

Q How do we stop squir­rels eat­ing our cob­nuts and wal­nuts be­fore we can har­vest them? Emma Tip­ton

I have never found the an­swer to this, Emma, so when you do find out, let me know!

Q Who are your gar­den­ers at Long­meadow? @SSu­san­mwhite Al­though they never ap­pear on screen, I have a fab­u­lous team help­ing me be­hind the scenes. Over the years gar­den­ers have come and gone, but at the mo­ment Rob and Caro­line work full-time in the gar­den. I could not pre­pare it for film­ing and do all my other work with­out their su­perb help. For the record, there were two gar­den­ers at Greenacre, twoand-a-half at Ber­ry­fields, Alan had a cou­ple at Bar­ley­wood and at Barns­dale, which was much larger than other GW gar­dens, I be­lieve Geoff Hamil­ton had up to five work­ing with him.

Use a mix of dried and green ma­te­ri­als for com­post like Monty’s

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