Shorewood Illinois Square Foot Garden

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  1. daniel says:

    How is the rolly polly invasion progressing? I am a huge fan of “polyculture” (a fancy way to say companion planting for getting rid of bugs, at least in theory (I cant start my garden until next year so i have obsessivley researched everything on the internet.

    According to the following help repel them: horseradish, bush beans, cilantro, corriander, tansy, and marigold (they have some other great tips on there as well).

    I would highly recomend you plant these companions on the north side of your plots to avoid shading your strawberries whihc need 6-8 hours of full sun per day. I would also recomend that you use every plant on this list that you enjoy eating. On one hand, the more sdifferent smells, the harder it is for pests to “hone in” on what they are looking for. On the other hand, why grow something you don’t like when you could just as well use the space to grow MORE strawberries (a little bit for the bugs and a little bit for you!).

  2. Ponyryd says:

    I have the same problem this year with rolly-pollies eating my strawberries and cucumber starts. After a little google research I have been using diatomaceous earth on my strawberries and cucumber starts. Seems to be working, but the problem has been the rain, feels like Seatlle here in the midwest. I put on the diatomaceous earth and the rain washes it away and back come the rolly-pollies – ITS WAR I TELL YOU! 🙂

  3. Kris says:

    I too am having problems with rolly-pollies (aka tank bugs) in my strawberry bed and whole garden. We also have raised beds and have noticed that where they rolly-pollies) are, so are ants. Does anyone know if there is a connection? The ants have been HORRENDOUS here in SW MO. I can’t even find the big black ants anymore that used to open the peonies. We are currently redoing the whole outside of the house area in hopes of erradicating the ant problems. They are even in the lilacs and apple trees! We also have very small slugs which I have found eating the strawberries also. I did the “beer in a saucer” thing yesterday – so will see how that goes.

  4. Marion says:

    Wow ! I hope my first SFG raised bed will look like yours. I only sowed the seeds a few days ago so I will keep my fingers crossed. Thank you for sharing your garden and giving me hope. Take care now. Marion x