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    • ktcoil
    • By ktcoil 13th Jul 17, 8:37 AM
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    Worms down and under?
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    • 13th Jul 17, 8:37 AM
    Worms down and under? 13th Jul 17 at 8:37 AM
    Hello


    We have recently got plants which we have in planters as we don't have a grass garden, we want to know do we need to buy worm or will the worms come from down and under into the planters, the only issue is it is a concrete and decking garden.


    thank you
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    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 13th Jul 17, 12:25 PM
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    This isn't the gardening section, but worms ,unlike slugs and snails,cannot climb up the side of pots.


    They only serve to turn soil over,so you can do that with a small fork.


    From the question being in the health section, I had the impression of worms in someone's private parts.
    • ktcoil
    • By ktcoil 13th Jul 17, 1:47 PM
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    thank you
    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 14th Jul 17, 3:03 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 3:03 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 3:03 PM
    Hello


    We have recently got plants which we have in planters as we don't have a grass garden, we want to know do we need to buy worm or will the worms come from down and under into the planters, the only issue is it is a concrete and decking garden.

    thank you
    Originally posted by ktcoil
    If you use soil dug up from a garden and it has worms in it, that's OK. If you buy bags of compost which doesn't have worms in it, that's also OK.

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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 15th Jul 17, 8:48 AM
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    I'll move your thread to the "Greenfingered Moneysaving" board
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    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 15th Jul 17, 10:19 AM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 10:19 AM
    Worms will get into pots, wherever they are, if they are needed. Which they probably aren't!

    No need to forcibly remove worms and relocate them to your pots either. They won't thank you for it.
    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 15th Jul 17, 3:54 PM
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    Plants don't need worms to grow.
    • Chris25
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    they somehow seem to be able to find the soil in pots if they want to.
    • Davesnave
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    Although you probably won't get worms, 'down and under,' you may well get small grubs called vine weevil larvae.

    These come from beetles, which can climb most things and get into the weirdest places, like the one which walked across my keyboard yesterday. (It was a short, one-way walk !) The beetles lay eggs that hatch to become the whitish grubs with brown heads one finds, often in quantity, when it's too late and they've eaten all the plant roots, usually around spring time.

    Some plants are very susceptible to weevil grub damage, while others aren't. Plenty of info out there on the interweb:

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=234
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    • Misslayed
    • By Misslayed 16th Jul 17, 10:40 AM
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    I found an earthworm in one of my hanging baskets at the back end of last year - probably carried by a bird
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 16th Jul 17, 12:46 PM
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    I found an earthworm in one of my hanging baskets at the back end of last year - probably carried by a bird
    Originally posted by Misslayed
    I've found them under roof tiles and in guttering, so that doesn't surprise me at all.

    Doubt if there's one on top of the Shard yet, but who can tell without going up there and checking?

    You first.... I don't like heights!
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 16th Jul 17, 2:28 PM
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    I've found them under roof tiles and in guttering, so that doesn't surprise me at all.

    Doubt if there's one on top of the Shard yet, but who can tell without going up there and checking?

    You first.... I don't like heights!
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    There's possibly one under the landing pad on Apollo 11, or if not a worm I bet there is def a slug
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 18th Jul 17, 5:29 PM
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    Although you probably won't get worms, 'down and under,' you may well get small grubs called vine weevil larvae.

    Some plants are very susceptible to weevil grub damage, while others aren't. Plenty of info out there on the interweb:

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=234
    Originally posted by Davesnave
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 19th Jul 17, 3:22 PM
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    them's the bu99ers that had my hydrangea
    Originally posted by Chris25
    Was it in pot? Only asking because I have a new one, rescued from a skip, but it is now in the ground
    • ktcoil
    • By ktcoil 25th Jul 17, 1:26 PM
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    The thing is I have put snail pallets round the pots and planters so does that kill worms, there is no where you can buy worms from is there?


    thanks
    • Farway
    • By Farway 25th Jul 17, 1:41 PM
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    The thing is I have put snail pallets round the pots and planters so does that kill worms, there is no where you can buy worms from is there? thanks
    Originally posted by ktcoil
    Snail pellets, or even pallets will not kill worms, different type of beastie and metabolism

    Why you think you need worms in your pots?

    You don't, in fact lots of gardeners actively try to stop the beggars getting in the pots in the first place, and before it was banned a worm-killer was poured in them by some, after killing every worm in the lawn of course
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 25th Jul 17, 1:53 PM
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    there is no where you can buy worms from is there?


    thanks
    Originally posted by ktcoil
    Nah, who in their right mind would buy worms?

    http://www.wormsdirectuk.co.uk/
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • Apodemus
    • By Apodemus 25th Jul 17, 9:41 PM
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    Nah, who in their right mind would buy worms?

    http://www.wormsdirectuk.co.uk/
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    Let's not start this one again!
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