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‘I followed your video on making compost tea but today when its time to use them, I discovered many little worms swimming in it.’

Full question:

I followed your video on making compost tea but today when its time to use them, i discovered many little worms swimming in it. they look like mini slugs but i’m not sure. should i still go ahead and use the compost tea and remainder residue? thank you.

Our response:

If they’re white, they’ll be hoverfly larvae. For some reason they’re attracted to the comfrey. We just use the liquid fertiliser with them in it. It doesn’t seem to make any difference and we believe no harm comes from them. All the best 🙂

‘My early apricot tree is in its fifth year and going gangbusters, except for two places on its trunk where deeply coloured and transparent sap is leaking out.’

Full question:

Kia ora Organic Edible Garden

My early apricot tree is in its fifth year and going gangbusters, except for two places on its trunk where deeply coloured and transparent sap is leaking out.

I’ve asked the supplier for help re treatment, with no response and also asked for help on our Community Gardens FB, with not a very full response. I think I need to consult a specialist. Can you put me in touch with one in the Wellington area, please?

With many thanks for all that you do, Marian

Our response:

We think it’s most likely insect damage which has caused the tree to respond this way. Typically cicadas do this – they cut into a tree trunk and lay their eggs. The tree responds with sap in order to try and fill the holes made by the insect. Unless the affected branch displays any other symptoms, this is not a problem. The tree will heal itself.

If you’d like to consult a specialist fruit tree person, we would recommend you contact Benji Woodman at Forgotten Fruits as he will more than likely know a reputable person in the Wellington area.

Let us know how you get on. All the best 🙂