I’ve been checking the underside of plant leaves looking for the culprit or culprits that are neatly nipping off leaves at the stem.
It is caterpillar season again, and having spotted them nibbling my newly planted basil and spinach seedlings I’ve resorted to the ‘vegetable dust’. No organic gardening for me this season.
The infrequent rain washed the vegetable dust off the leaves today so I’m out doing the rounds looking for more nibbling.
The basil and spinach are fine, but I noticed this critter on the ivy geraniums that were given to me a couple of weeks ago.
When poked, the millipede swung around to ward off my leaf and then curled up. Based on this behaviour, I’m guessing that it is a Portuguese millipede .
I thought that millipedes were like snails and that they went for the decaying stuff in the garden, but perhaps like snails, they like fresh green leaves too?
 Department of Agriculture Gardennote 02 (PDF)