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Plants for Bugs

RHS research project monitoring insects in native and non-native garden border plants.

Chequered out

Posted by Helen Bostock Plantsforbugs on 20 Nov 2013 at 03:31 PM



Anna grappling with the 'cover board' and the ground screws (yellow) 


Volunteer Carolyn and myself took pity on our entomologist Anna last week to give her a hand with the vegetation density sampling. As this involves manipulating four ground screws into the paths at the edge of a plot, raising an unwieldy chequered banner, going to the opposite edge of the plot and recording, only to have to repeat the whole process on the perpendicular side of the plot, then on all remaining 37 plots, you can begin to see why one person on their own might need a little help! In fact, without help this normally takes Anna two whole days to complete.


But with Carolyn holding one end of the board and me at the other we could dispense with the ground screws and get the entire job done in half a day. In return Anna gladly offered to lend us a hand with the weeding. Fair exchange, I would say.


Meanwhile, the very weedy perimeter of the plots at Deers Farm have been cleared and put down to weed control fabric, shortly to be topped off with woody mulch made on site. This should help hold back the tide of weeds seeking to invade our research plots.



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