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Old 11.04.2019, 17:49
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

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Sounds like centipede eggs that overwintered in a moist part of your garden have hatched! Congrats!

Centipedes are harmless to your plants and definitely don't make veg unsafe to eat! In fact, centipedes are predatory - your new veg guardians are likely eating all the other (less scary looking) insects that would actually eat your vegetables (PS they also eat spiders ), so leave them alone
Probably not from eggs. I guess they are juvenile or possibly even adult centipedes that have woken up from hibernation. They can live for several years, up to 5 years sometimes and they don't typically reach maturity or lay eggs until their second year. And yes, they are extremely valuable as they kill and eat many of the insects and other pests that will otherwise damage your vegetables, including mites and all sorts of larvae that lurk in the soil where you can't see them, and that are probably growing and multiplying as you read this. Centipedes are not poisonous to humans, at least not the species native to Switzerland.

So I'd leave them alone, or maybe even try to appreciate them. Fascinating little creatures.
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