Irene Kightley wrote:I make them from chestnut poles cut on site and as our land is on a slope I terrace, working around the tree roots
I've also made them from tree roots dug up by the pigs and too beautiful to burn. (This bed has a hugelkultur base and is now seven years old and I didn't water it at all last year.)
Paul I've just made more growing space which covers a lawn and after we put the new poles down I pull the stones and wood towards the edges and more and more compost (helped by the chickens) makes it's way by gravity down the slope to the raised bed. I'll mulch just before planting.
The mulch also goes on the paths and the chickens clean them regularly so the lawn will disappear completely between raised beds.
Nancy Reading wrote:I try and tolerate wasps as much as I can. My husband gets very nervous about them, as do I. I suspect that is an ingrained reaction to buzzy things and the black and yellow colouring. Apparently they eat many other pests and a few friends: spiders, caterpillars, ants, bees, flies, beetles, crickets, aphids, grasshoppers, cicadas, whiteflies, and sugar cane borers (source). They feed these protein rich foods to their larvae, the adults having more of a taste for sweeter foods like nectar and fruit.
Deb Skye wrote:Thanks for the nice photos, Jeff. I'm with you, this is a big year for the cabbage moth caterpillars, esp. on the kale. My tactic has been to check daily and fling them as far as I can. Hopefully they're too far to find their way back.
I also tolerate whatever comes into the yard. It all works together. Except squirrels, no squirrels, lol!
Jen Swanson wrote:Thanks for sharing the great pics! I love to see beneficial insects in my garden and encourage them by planting lots of flowers that they are attracted to around my vegetable beds. I rarely use even organic pesticides, but I do sometimes use Bt on cabbage worms when the infestations become intolerable. One treatment usually does the trick. Bt is allowed in organic farming as a insecticide because it is a natural, non-pathogenic bacterium that is found naturally in the soil. It targets only the larvae of butterflies and moths, and is not toxic to anything else, including beneficial insects. I've too have tried chasing down the cabbage whites. They are really hard to catch! The Bt works much better :)