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
» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 1:58 pm

» Today's Harvest
by sanderson Today at 1:39 pm

» Microgreens Gardening
by sanderson Today at 1:13 pm

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 Today at 11:55 am

» My new compost heap
by countrynaturals Today at 11:13 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by trolleydriver Today at 11:08 am

» Alternative cover to straw for overwintering strawberries.
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 9:38 am

» First Frost!
by brianj555 Yesterday at 3:27 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 11:29 am

» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 8:56 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals 11/19/2017, 1:16 pm

» The Winter Journey and greenhouse plastic
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/19/2017, 11:14 am

» Tomato Questions
by brianj555 11/19/2017, 11:07 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by AtlantaMarie 11/19/2017, 5:37 am

» N&C Midwest; November Already? 2017
by Scorpio Rising 11/18/2017, 7:34 pm

» BOOK GIVEAWAY #5 - ENDS 11/17/17
by brianj555 11/18/2017, 4:12 pm

» What I learned this year
by countrynaturals 11/18/2017, 1:45 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by trolleydriver 11/18/2017, 9:26 am

» First Tromboncino female flower
by countrynaturals 11/17/2017, 5:51 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 11/17/2017, 1:59 pm

» Free lunaria seeds
by hammock gal 11/17/2017, 10:12 am

» Plastic containers / trash cans?
by sanderson 11/16/2017, 10:33 pm

» Mels book
by Scorpio Rising 11/16/2017, 7:04 pm

» Mid-Atl - Nov 2017 - Warming Up AGAIN?
by sanderson 11/16/2017, 4:17 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by Turan 11/15/2017, 4:59 pm

» Goodbye to my SFG Raised Beds
by Turan 11/15/2017, 4:41 pm

» Pickle recipes
by sanderson 11/15/2017, 4:12 am

» What variety of avocado would you recommend?
by dstack 11/14/2017, 9:12 pm

» Saffron?
by plantoid 11/14/2017, 3:32 pm

» Free Sunchoke Tubers
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/13/2017, 6:36 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Crickets: friend or foe?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Crickets: friend or foe?

Post  HPartin on 4/17/2011, 10:58 am

I have noticed that I have attracted a bunch of crickets by using cardboard as a weed barrier for 3 of my boxes. Should I be concerned or happy?

Heidi

HPartin

Female Posts : 120
Join date : 2011-02-14
Location : 7b (Angier, NC)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Crickets: friend or foe?

Post  Old Hippie on 4/17/2011, 12:08 pm

I googled "crickets" and this is what I found on Wikipedia.

Crickets are omnivorous scavengers who feed on organic materials, as
well as decaying plant material, fungi, and some seedling plants.
Crickets eat their own dead when there are no other sources of food
available, and exhibit predatorial behaviour upon weakened, crippled
crickets.


So....I am thinking they may not be the best critters to have in your garden.

The cardboard works so well for me as a weed barrier. So far, I have not had any issues wtih bugs due to using cardboard. I don't have near the problems with bugs that a lot of you have but I think that is just because I live quite a bit further north. We don't have a lot of the bugs you find further south. While there are crickets here and pill bugs, etc. so far I haven't had any serious infestations of them. I use the cardboard because I have access to a constant supply at the store where I work and I compost it when it gets yucky. Since I am an old hippie, I am all about free and less work and recycling, etc. LOL! Someday when my garden is looking more the way I want it to be, I will have gravel or brick paths, but for now, I am making do.

Gwynn
avatar
Old Hippie
Regional Hosts

Female Posts : 1156
Join date : 2010-08-12
Age : 66
Location : Canada 3b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Crickets: friend or foe?

Post  fiddleman on 4/17/2011, 5:09 pm

I am quite a bit farther (further?) north than you, but I haven't had any problems with these either... I probably just jinxed myself though. I have always thought it was because of the number of predators of insects we try to attract or happen to love our yard... I counted fifteen garter snakes sunning themselves near the garden. The small ones will happily eat the bugs. Not to mention all the birds, toads, and other things which think the wee insects are delicious. More power to them.

I use cardboard staked to the aisles to make a quick drying clean and comfortable thing to weed, harvest, or just admire the garden plants on. Cheap and replaceable, I've yet to have too much trouble with bugs living under the cardboard, no weed can make it through unless I leave the box tops on. At the end of the year, I chop it up with the lawnmower after removing the stakes and into the compost pile it goes along with all the leaves.

Mark
avatar
fiddleman

Male Posts : 121
Join date : 2011-03-21
Location : Mid Michigan

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Crickets: friend or foe?

Post  shannon1 on 4/18/2011, 2:20 am

We have the devilish mole crickets here and they eat up the grass roots in people's yards so I'm guessing they would not be friends in the garden. Grass lawns are not my favorite any way as they consume so much water, there are better ground covers out there. If I was a home owner there would not be a blade in sight. I love you
avatar
shannon1

Posts : 1697
Join date : 2011-04-01
Location : zone 9a St.Johns county FL

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Crickets: friend or foe?

Post  HPartin on 4/18/2011, 8:39 am

Oh dear. It looks like I need to keep a closer watch.

Heidi

HPartin

Female Posts : 120
Join date : 2011-02-14
Location : 7b (Angier, NC)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Crickets: friend or foe?

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