Re: leaning community garden soil
- Subject: Re: [cg] leaning community garden soil
- From: "Deborah Mills" email@example.com
- Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2002 22:06:53 -0700
Actually Springtails are a sign of healthy soil filled with organic matter.
When it comes to potted plants, Springtails can be a nuisance. I recommend
letting the pot dry out in-between watering since they like the moist
I did send a sample of the Springtail that was found in the garden to the
Collembola Guru in the world and it was found to be a species that was never
found outside of Florida. It too was not known to be a "home invader". I
joke that the Springtail came on holiday and ended up in a rainstorm.
How we did decrease populations was to spread the mulch thin and let it dry
out completely. The populations went back to normal in about 3 months.
I'm sure everyone has seen one without knowing what it was. Have you ever
read a book in Park and saw something the size of a flea that scurried
across the page? Most likely that was a Springtail.
> Deborah and Evan
> I agree that using bioremediation would be great to use to heal the soil.
> is not right that pollution can be an excuse to take the land and use it
> private gain. It also shows such a lack of respect for a garden that has
> been there for so long. What about raised beds for the areas which are
> farmed?Also there is a good thread on this topic at:
> More and more it seems that there isn't land anywhere which doesn't have
> some sort of pollution and we might be at a point where we all have to do
> something to help, not just scape the land and dump it 'somewhere'. Any
> Thanks for the article.
> Collembola is an interesting and ancient lifeform!
> [Isn't it funny how many minds can be thinking/writing about the same
> at once. For some time I have had collembola in every pot on my back
> I have also had a lot of plants and seedlings die or look under the
> I didn't know what they were and caught a couple and took them to
> to find out but no-one seemed to know, and the otherday after a search on
> the web found out about springtails. Now, I know they are great recyclers
> and feel that their presence must be a symptom not just a cause. I am
> experimenting with different ways to try to convince them not to be around
> my plants in such great numbers. Repotting after laying out the soil over
> bricks in the sun seems to be working, as is raising the pots off the
> with pebbles. Gardens are such complex ecosystems and it is hard to know
> what causes what without testing everything, and maybe the type of
> springtails here do like an occasional nibble on fine roots (I have strong
> suspicians), more than anything though, I think maybe they are visiting in
> such numbers in order to convince me to spend more time in my own little
> patch, paying attention to the little pot garden than I have.]
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