Clark County, Washington

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Millipedes in my soil?

I have what I believe are centipedes or millipedes throughout my raised garden beds. I thought only 1 bed was involved but now I know at least 3 have them by the hundreds. They are approximately ½ inch long, shiny, solid medium brown, NOT variegated in color, worm-like critters with tiny legs on their entire underside, legs do not stick out sideways, no antenna that I can see. They seem to live in the area of 1-2 inches deep in the soil; I don't find them deeper. As soon as they are uncovered, they curl up in a circle. Then after a few seconds they just disappear back into the soil. Last growing season when I pulled up my lettuce, there were hundreds of them in/on the roots that were left and in the soil. They literally ate off the lettuce roots and turned it to mush. The same for my yellow onions I was going to harvest toward fall. Roots completely gone and bottom of the bulb raw and mushy. Again, hundreds of these when I pulled all the onions. I am afraid if I plant anything in the beds they will eat the roots and everything dies.

After Fall garden clean-up is complete, we mix in 1, 5 gallon bucket of aged chicken manure we get locally from a chicken farm, into each of our 3 raised and 4 elevated garden beds.

1. Is there a way to control the population?
2. Are these beneficial in some way?
3. What can I use to kill them without also killing the worms?
4. Will liquid Sevin work to kill them and be safe for the veggies?

Any other information on these would be helpful. Thanking you in advance.

Connie Meier
208 866-2690

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Clark County Washington about 1 month ago

Hardy Kiwi suggestion for Dennis Carlson

This isn't really a question. I saw the article on Dennis Carlson and his garden in The Gorge Magazine. He mentioned a kiwi that wasn't bearing much fruit. This is my story about bringing back unfruitful kiwi vines. I inherited several mature kiwi vines at my allotment garden in Toronto, Canada. The first year I had it, it produced about 2 dozen berries, most of which were out of reach as the trellis it was on, was about 9' tall. Reading up on it, my vine was on a tall trellis which makes it difficult to prune and pick the fruit. It had also never been pruned. The fruit on kiwi is usually on new growth but not the curly bits. Fortunately for me I love to prune as they are vigorous growers. You also need a male vine to produce fruit. Kiwi are the only commercial fruit grown that need a male and female plant. My male plant was about 2' tall and would get eaten back to the ground by rabbits in the winter but it was enough to produce the fruit (they are apparently quite virile). Long story short. I built a flat top 6' trellis, pruned the vines very HARD every year and 5 years later it was producing about 22 pounds of fruit a season. The fruit is the size of a grape and not hairy. I found freezing the puree was a good way to keep it for later in the year. Please pass on this story to Dennis and wish him luck with his kiwi. Cheers Tracy Bright

Clark County Washington almost 7 years ago

Spraying my apple trees

The worm problem with my apple trees is getting prity bad. I tried to put off spraying insecticides for years but every apple has some sort of worm. What can I use to knock down the worm problem. I don't mind a few but it is getting out of hand. What can I do?

Are their effective organic ways to do the same thing?


After some of research and looking over information provided I think I have my questions answered. Thank you!

Clark County Washington over 5 years ago

Bamboo/cane Hunt

Hi, I am hunting for a source of river cane or bamboo in Clark County. Is it, or a close relative, a native of the state and if so are there any public sources for harvesting a few (2-4) canes? My objective is making Native American style flutes and whistles.
Any help is greatly appreciated.


Clark County Washington about 4 years ago

Are My Dandelions Diseased?

We're finding a lot of dandelions in our yard with deformities, several fasciated and now many with these bumps all over the stems. What is causing this and should I be concerned about the rest of my garden (other flowers and vegetables)?


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Clark County Washington about 4 years ago

Vegetable Shade Gardening

I wanted to ask if there was a quick handout or some more detailed information on what I could grow for vegetables/fruits in a shady (no direct sun) location. Even more challenging, it is on a patio and would need to be in a container (maybe 24" or smaller). Apartment living and close quarters limit my gardening! I know there are community gardens, but I would prefer to grow something right on my patio so I know I will be able to watch and tend to it daily.


Clark County Washington 4 months ago

Maple tree budded but did not leaf

One of my maple trees budded earlier this year, but failed to get leaves. It looks very green, but the buds are crispy. The other maples around it (the builders put the same kind in all the yards, which abut each other) are doing fine.

Is my tree dead? Is there anything I can do to help it? Thanks.


Clark County Washington about 5 years ago

Tiny black bugs

Help, we have tiny black bugs everywhere, and don’t know what they are or how to get rid of them.


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Clark County Washington 8 months ago

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