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It doesn't show well on the photos unfortunately, but the levaes are long and thin and covered in fine hair. The colour is a bit like sage.
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I'm sorry for the icky photo but does anyone know how to get rid of this? I have a dozen of these small ones in 1 vegetable pot, they do not seem to cause any damage to the plants but every time I see them I feel sick in my stomach, and I'm not sure if they make the plants unsafe for eating. Thank you.
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I'm sorry for the icky photo but does anyone know how to get rid of this? I have a dozen of these small ones in 1 vegetable pot, they do not seem to cause any damage to the plants but every time I see them I feel sick in my stomach, and I'm not sure if they make the plants unsafe for eating. Thank you.
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
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I'm sorry for the icky photo but does anyone know how to get rid of this? I have a dozen of these small ones in 1 vegetable pot, they do not seem to cause any damage to the plants but every time I see them I feel sick in my stomach, and I'm not sure if they make the plants unsafe for eating. Thank you.
Used to have these where I was living in India. They were sometimes 8 cm long and could also bite
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Old 11.04.2019, 17:49
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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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Old 11.04.2019, 18:02
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

A tip for wobbly-kneed gardeners:

Having thoroughly messed up my knee recently I thought I'd have to leave my garden to the winds of fate this spring - until a friend suggested roofer's knee pads.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KWA4H0S8&psc=1

These are from Amazon US, but similar knee protection pads can be bought at Hornbach, Arthur Weber, and likely most places selling work gear.

I find foam kneelers fiddly to use, as I have to keep moving the kneeler around and often forget until it's too late. Knee pads go with you, and don't get in the way in tight corners. The outer protective shell you get with construction work gear is a godsend.

Now I just need a sunny - or at least not rainy - day to get to work.
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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.

"Centipedes use a pair of hollow legs, adapted with claws, to bite into the skin. These pincer-like maxillipeds, also known as toxicognaths or "poison claws," are found under the first body segment and can also cause small puncture wounds and blisters when the centipede crawls across the skin. When a centipede bites (as opposed to stings), it injects venom into victims that is stored in internal glands. Although centipede bites may be painful, they are rarely fatal."
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My first proper gardening year here (at my new home)!������ Been a busy bee recently! But most is ready now.

So far this year planted/growing are (ok ok , some plants are perennials��) :

Rhubarb, raspberries, sweetcorn, 2 different tomatoes, peperoncini, 2 kind of zucchini, red radishes, chervil, leeks, oak leaf salad, yellow and red Swiss chard, romaine lettuce, 2 diff. beetroot, beer radish, kohlrabi, celeriac, french beans, spring onions, several different mint plants, tarragon, majoram, lemon balm, savory, scarlet beebalm, oregano, 2 diff. parsley, chives, sage, dill, coriander, lemon verbena, borrage, strawberries, chamomille, melon, fennel, sweet peas, lavender, cucumbers,basil, Rosemary, lovage, nasturtitum, mini kiwi, thyme, lemon scented thyme, blueberries, juneberries...... and I still have some space for more������
Respectively, as soon as one plant is harvested, I'll sow/plant stuff that'll be ready for harvest in autumn or winter even. What we can't eat fresh, will be preserved one way or other, such as dehydrating, pickling, jams, syrup and so on.

I should get also a lot of wildflowers this year.

#beeandinsectfriendlygarden

Also set up again bird/bee/insect water bowls as well as 3 bee hotels�� for wild bees and other insects.

Unfortunately we have to get rid of the box trees�� we'll build a wooden fence with panels instead and I'll see to place climbing, flowering plants such ivy, clematis, roses etc along the new fence to make up for the loss of the box trees.

Have I told you yet, that I love gardening������
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This rain should be settling in anything that hasn't already settled in

But at least our temps are staying above 10° C at night, so maybe the leaves that DO come out won't be tinged with frost after now.



Trying a few "new to me" veggies in the garden this year: celery, brussel sprouts, broccoli, and green beans. I always seem to do just a few plants of many different things, rather than the industrial mass plantings of my garden neighbors. Makes me feel like I'm doing it wrong, but fortunately, I don't care
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celery,
Speaking of celery...

I've been disappointed with my celery, as it usually tastes rather bitter, with a woodier texture. Pretty much like Swiss celery in the grocery stores. I had simply attributed the bitter taste to something unique in Swiss soils.

However I've been reading about blanching celery in the weeks before harvest, which might be what gives it the sweeter taste you find in 'foreign' celery.

About blanching celery:

https://gardeningknowhow.com/edible/...the-garden.htm

Have any of you experienced veggie gardeners done this? Does it indeed yield that crisp, sweet celery taste?
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This rain should be settling in anything that hasn't already settled in

But at least our temps are staying above 10° C at night, so maybe the leaves that DO come out won't be tinged with frost after now.



Trying a few "new to me" veggies in the garden this year: celery, brussel sprouts, broccoli, and green beans. I always seem to do just a few plants of many different things, rather than the industrial mass plantings of my garden neighbors. Makes me feel like I'm doing it wrong, but fortunately, I don't care
I am the same as you, hence the wide variety in my garden that I posted yesterday.

Brussels...... aaaaaahgggg, they'll be the death of me!! The first year we had them, we had quite a goid harvest, despite having to uproot/replant them twice (from bed in the ground, to pot to the new high rise beds) last year had them again after a two yr pause and despite looking well after them (they need lots of water and feed) only a handful of 'bulbs'...... wonder if it was the extremely hot summer we had....
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Hi everyone! I haven't been on in ages, will have to read back quite a bit to catch up! Hope everyones enjoying the summer so far. Glad the rain has taken over for a few days so i can catch up in the house again!
So i just had a question about garlic.. does anyone grow it? I put 6 pieces from my kitchen that were sprouting into a raised bed last year to experiment and nothing really came of them though they sprouted.. i thought i pulled them up but i guess not, as this year, in april maybe, i noticed something sprouting in that spot! They have grown this year. The greens were quit high this month and have suddenly fallen over. Does this mean they are ready to harvest? I pulled one up and the segments haven't developed..Its garlic alright! Can anyone offer any advice on what to do next? Will they mature underground? Can i harvest them?

On celery, i usually use a cutting from coop celery and grow mine in the kitchen over winter and then plant outside. The early stalks are usually quit sweet. My plant this year hasn't been used a great deal and is starting to flower now.. Im wondering also if i can leave it to flower, cut it back and will it take off again?? Anyone done this?
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So i just had a question about garlic.. does anyone grow it? I put 6 pieces from my kitchen that were sprouting into a raised bed last year to experiment and nothing really came of them though they sprouted.. i thought i pulled them up but i guess not, as this year, in april maybe, i noticed something sprouting in that spot! They have grown this year. The greens were quit high this month and have suddenly fallen over. Does this mean they are ready to harvest? I pulled one up and the segments haven't developed..Its garlic alright! Can anyone offer any advice on what to do next? Will they mature underground? Can i harvest them?
This is my first time planting garlic, so I've recently read up on it

Apparently, you need to dig the bulbs up, not pull them. You probably left some behind last year and they grew. The "proper" timeline is:

October - plant bulbs
June (or when the stems turn brown) - dig up the bulbs

Be sure to let them dry somewhere shady and cool for at least two weeks. I'm about to go dig up mine - let's see if I know what I'm talking about
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