Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Total lunar / solar eclipse
by sanderson Today at 3:34 am

» Cutting back on my SFG about 75%
by Kelejan Today at 12:35 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Kelejan Today at 12:32 am

» Is a natural breed hybrid GMO parent plants, GMO or not?
by Kelejan Today at 12:30 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in August 2017? 2017
by Kelejan Today at 12:23 am

» Anyone growing fall peas in zone 7 TN
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:40 pm

» N & C Midwest: August is here!!! 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:17 pm

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:08 pm

» New England August 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:03 pm

» What to do with fallen unripe tomatoes?
by ColleenW Yesterday at 8:14 pm

» 2017 corn pictures
by Fiz Yesterday at 7:41 pm

» Composting Particle Board?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 4:18 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by hammock gal Yesterday at 4:13 pm

» Hello gardener's
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:58 pm

» The Best Steps for Storing Tomatillos
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 11:36 am

» Eggplant - (Japanese) Millionaire
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:10 am

» What I've learned this year
by countrynaturals 8/20/2017, 9:17 pm

» Plumeria ?
by sanderson 8/20/2017, 6:07 pm

» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by llama momma 8/20/2017, 1:58 pm

» Baba Ghanoush
by sanderson 8/20/2017, 12:04 pm

» Beets; Don't be intimidated!
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/20/2017, 11:05 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson 8/20/2017, 10:30 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson 8/20/2017, 10:09 am

» Caterpillars -Armyworm?
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/19/2017, 8:58 pm

» Oregon City Newbie
by trolleydriver 8/19/2017, 1:04 pm

» Newbie Oldbie
by sanderson 8/19/2017, 12:53 pm

» who has chickens
by llama momma 8/18/2017, 1:40 pm

» Tips for compost tumbler
by trolleydriver 8/18/2017, 12:10 pm

» Franken-mato!!!
by hammock gal 8/18/2017, 7:48 am

» Mid-Atl - Aug 2017 - Planning/Planting Fall/Winter Garden
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/17/2017, 11:05 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Pill bugs!

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Pill bugs!

Post  gardenertaylor on 5/5/2013, 2:56 pm

First of all, are those pill bugs (aka Isopoda, Riley poley) bugs bad for my garden? I pulled out about 20 of them in one square this morning! Any chance they are good for my garden? I have been keeping a close eye for bugs, and in the past couple weeks pulled out less than 5 of these critters. Today I discovered them hiding under the wood laths that mark my squares. 20 of them!

I have also lost two red sail lettuce plants this week, could this be why? Or just coincidence?

Unplanted some marigold this weekend and
Just planted some nasturtium seeds in nearby pots too. Will these help?

And, can anyone recommend a good resource for me to learn about bugs? I need to learn which are good, which are bad, and most importantly what they look like so I know what I am dealing with.

Thanks y'all!
avatar
gardenertaylor

Female Posts : 72
Join date : 2012-10-21
Age : 43
Location : Boise, ID

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pill bugs!

Post  gardenertaylor on 5/5/2013, 2:59 pm

I planted, not unplanted marigolds. Whoops! And I found the bugs in one 4x4 bed, not an individual square. Should I take the lath out of the garden? It's so pretty and clearly marked out, but I can use something else if need be.
avatar
gardenertaylor

Female Posts : 72
Join date : 2012-10-21
Age : 43
Location : Boise, ID

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pill bugs!

Post  camprn on 5/5/2013, 3:18 pm

These bugs mostly eat dead and decaying material. They may not be a problem at this time.

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Pill bugs!

Post  gardenertaylor on 5/5/2013, 3:23 pm

Oh good. They probably love the compost?

How about ants? What can I expect them to do? I've pulled out a few from my parsnips and leeks.

On another buggy note, my son and I made up an anti-bug solution (listerine, dawn, cayenne) and a garlic spray before we even founds these critters. Any advice on using these sprays proactively? Yes, no?

I took the wood lath out of my beds to remove the pill bugs. While it's out, I thought about spraying them with the garlic spray to be proactive, but that's probably overkill, huh?
avatar
gardenertaylor

Female Posts : 72
Join date : 2012-10-21
Age : 43
Location : Boise, ID

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pill bugs!

Post  camprn on 5/5/2013, 3:27 pm

Ants can be destructive... have you tried looking for information in the 'Pests' sub forum? There are many threads and some good stickies.

Hold the spray, until you do more research. The listerine may actually create problems with the beneficial bacteria in the garden.

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Pill bugs!

Post  joshpeckney on 10/21/2014, 2:43 am

Here is a guide that I usually use to identify garden bugs and other threats. It really helped me a lot with some problems in my garden. Hope you like it.

garden.org/pestlibrary/
avatar
joshpeckney

Posts : 5
Join date : 2014-10-16
Age : 32
Location : Bristol, UK

View user profile http://www.gardenersbristol.co.uk/

Back to top Go down

Re: Pill bugs!

Post  floyd1440 on 10/21/2014, 7:04 am

I panicked the first time I saw them too but they came with my fresh made compost and tend to thrive on decaying plant material.

Are they bothering your plants?
avatar
floyd1440

Male Posts : 796
Join date : 2011-06-21
Age : 63
Location : Washington, Pa. Zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pill bugs!

Post  Judy McConnell on 10/21/2014, 8:16 am

I find pillbugs in the garden but they are decomposers and are probably feeding on the compost.

More important in my area are slugs and earwigs (http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74102.html) - both feed on live plant materials - seedlings and fruit.
avatar
Judy McConnell

Female Posts : 392
Join date : 2012-05-08
Age : 77
Location : Manassas, VA(7a) and Riner, VA (7a)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pill bugs!

Post  jimmy cee on 10/21/2014, 2:55 pm

My pillbugs (sowbugs) must not know they should only eat old stuff.

I come out at night and they are everywhere..
I started using diatomaceous earth and it seems to be helping some what.
Also some boards left down that they hide in underneath..
It all helps.
avatar
jimmy cee

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 1917
Join date : 2013-02-16
Age : 81
Location : Indiana PA....zone 5

View user profile http://www.jcjigs.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Pill bugs!

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum