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
» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by trolleydriver Today at 4:46 pm

» Tomato Questions
by brianj555 Today at 4:35 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by CapeCoddess Today at 3:24 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 2:42 pm

» December Avatar: 'Tis The Season!
by sanderson Today at 2:29 pm

» What's Up? Yukon gold potatoes!
by saganco Today at 1:17 pm

» The Research Journey:cardboard covering of newly planted seeds
by saganco Today at 1:15 pm

» Areogardening
by trolleydriver Today at 12:58 pm

» Garden Clean-Up/Preparation
by CapeCoddess Today at 12:18 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by CapeCoddess Today at 12:12 pm

» Sweet Potatoes
by countrynaturals Today at 11:29 am

» jalapeno variety question?
by NAR56 Today at 10:39 am

» New Composter - Need Help Filling Correctly
by saganco Yesterday at 10:14 pm

» Sauerkraut & fermenting veggies
by sanderson Yesterday at 9:41 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by Turan Yesterday at 6:39 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:40 pm

» Winter Sowing vs. Winter Growing
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:44 am

» New England December 2017
by Scorpio Rising 12/10/2017, 10:45 pm

» Mushroom in my lettuce!
by Scorpio Rising 12/10/2017, 10:40 pm

» 5-BOOK BUNDLE GIVEAWAY - ENDS 12/1/17
by No_Such_Reality 12/10/2017, 4:15 pm

» N&C MW; Deep Winter December/January 2017-2018
by Scorpio Rising 12/10/2017, 1:36 pm

» December: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals 12/10/2017, 1:24 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by brianj555 12/10/2017, 12:50 pm

» WARNING! Please Read! (Especially Grandparents)
by Scorpio Rising 12/9/2017, 8:53 pm

» Mid-South: December 2017
by brianj555 12/9/2017, 7:29 pm

» The start of the New Garden
by brianj555 12/9/2017, 1:35 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by countrynaturals 12/8/2017, 6:26 pm

» First Year Square Foot Gardening in Zone 9 South Mississippi
by CapeCoddess 12/8/2017, 3:09 pm

» A compost calculator
by kygardener 12/8/2017, 1:34 pm

» Today's Harvest
by brianj555 12/8/2017, 8:46 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Grubs in my veggie bed

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Grubs in my veggie bed

Post  GardenGroupie on 6/4/2014, 4:12 pm

Hi, I have my SFG planted. Some seeds didn't germinate, so I dug them up to replace with other seeds and found what I believe is a grub. Fat white worm. I know once they become beetles I'll have to deal with them munching on my greens, but is it true that while in their slug form they like to munch on plant roots?

With all the wet weather, this season is starting off exhausting!
avatar
GardenGroupie

Posts : 137
Join date : 2014-06-01
Location : Mass Metro-west

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Grubs in my veggie bed

Post  CapeCoddess on 6/4/2014, 4:23 pm

There are so many different kinds.  Can you post a photo?
CC
avatar
CapeCoddess

Posts : 6502
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 61
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Grubs in my veggie bed

Post  GardenGroupie on 6/4/2014, 5:27 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:There are so many different kinds.  Can you post a photo?
CC

Yikes. I freaked out, squished him, and threw him outside my garden area.  Rolling Eyes
avatar
GardenGroupie

Posts : 137
Join date : 2014-06-01
Location : Mass Metro-west

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Grubs in my veggie bed

Post  mollyhespra on 6/4/2014, 5:33 pm

Hi & welcome to the forum.  I don't know if you've posted about how long you've had your SFG set up, but just know that if you have grubs those babies were laid last year.  If your SFG is new for this year, those grubs came from somewhere else, maybe in your compost?  Either way, if you're sure you have grubs, then yes, they'll eat your roots.  I'd suggest some beneficial nematodes.  It's not too late for our region.  HTH!
avatar
mollyhespra

Female Posts : 807
Join date : 2012-09-21
Age : 52
Location : Waaaay upstate, NH (zone 4)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Grubs in my veggie bed

Post  GardenGroupie on 6/4/2014, 7:55 pm

@mollyhespra wrote:Hi & welcome to the forum.  I don't know if you've posted about how long you've had your SFG set up, but just know that if you have grubs those babies were laid last year.  If your SFG is new for this year, those grubs came from somewhere else, maybe in your compost?  Either way, if you're sure you have grubs, then yes, they'll eat your roots.  I'd suggest some beneficial nematodes.  It's not too late for our region.  HTH!
 
Thanks mollyhespra! My beds were set up last year, but I didn't use SFG method. I see that BNs come in a spray that I can attach my a hose and spray over soil that's been watered. Do you think it's okay to spray over areas that haven't germinated yet? Best, GardenGroupie
avatar
GardenGroupie

Posts : 137
Join date : 2014-06-01
Location : Mass Metro-west

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Grubs in my veggie bed

Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/4/2014, 9:13 pm

Hi GardenGroupie.  Welcome!
avatar
AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4352
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 54
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

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

Back to top Go down

Re: Grubs in my veggie bed

Post  mollyhespra on 6/4/2014, 10:43 pm

The ones I get come sandwiched between two small, flat sponges.  You take them out and put into a gallon of cool water (they like it cool and not chlorinated; Chlorine I think will kill them).  This becomes your "concentrate" I think is how they call it.  You then take a cup or two of that and add more water into a plain ole watering can or one of those hand-pump sprayer things but make sure you've not used the hand-pump container for any insecticide because it stands to reason that any residue might kill the good nematodes.  You then water your garden with that on a rainy evening, preferably, or if not you'll have to pretend to be the rain and water the garden well.  They need cool, wet conditions in order to travel into the soil & they move slowly. I don't know how the chlorine from the tap would affect them at that point, being much more diluted, so personally I wait until it's raining and just apply them then. They're great against all kinds of garden pests and will not hurt your tender seedlings at all. 

One last word of caution: be careful about applying them when there's bees around.  Usually the bees stay home when it's raining but all the same, I've read that the beneficial nematodes are hungry little guys and may not be all that discriminating about what they eat (infect).  Some bees have their hives in the ground, so just in case, apply with caution where there may be bees.  I can't substantiate what I just wrote with any more data than my hunch.  It just makes sense to be cautious and use care when applying any kind of biological or chemical controls be they labelled as "organic" or "beneficial" or "green", etc.

Good luck!
avatar
mollyhespra

Female Posts : 807
Join date : 2012-09-21
Age : 52
Location : Waaaay upstate, NH (zone 4)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Grubs in my veggie bed

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