Categories

Looking for something specific?
Here are some things I’ve written about. Search any of these
.
apples
apricots
artichokes
arugula
beets
blueberries
broccoli
carrots
cauliflower
celery
cool season garden
cucumbers
garlic
guavas
insects
kale
kohlrabi
kumquats
lettuce
limes
marionberries
mustard
oranges
organic
persimmons
poetry
pomegranates
radish
raised beds
rhubarb
scallions
snow peas
spinach
squash
strawberries
tangerines
tomatoes
warm season garden
zucchini
Something not here? Get in touch.

 

 

Sowbugs and pillbugs—UC IPM

October 18, 2013

Pillbugs

Pillbugs and I co-exist in the garden. I appreciate all the work they do in finishing my compost, making it ready to be used in the garden. When it’s time to sift the compost there are hundreds of them munching away doing their job. And hundreds continue the task in the trash can where I store my sifted compost.

By the time I’m ready to add the compost to the garden I don’t want to be moving hoards of them where there will be seedlings and transplants to munch on. So a few days before I add the compost to the garden I give the pillbugs a final feast.

Cornmeal in compost

Here are two lids left in the trash can of compost. The thought is that the pillbugs eat the cornmeal which expands in their digestive tract and they become organic material. After several days, a few pillbugs will remain and new ones probably hatch but the population is dramatically reduced. 

And so my pansies, lettuce and seedlings do not become a pillbug feast.

I have used cornmeal in the garden but you have to rig the arrangement with a cover so that dew and rain don’t render the cornmeal ineffective. 

Dorsett Golden Apples

October by Robert Frost