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Old 08-06-2009, 03:01 PM
 
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I have been thinking about planting a garden here in PR. In looking at our yard, I have noticed holes in the ground. They are about an inch in diameter and are in clusters of about 5-7. I have filled them up with dirt and the next day they will be open again. Any ideas on what creatures make these? What about suggestions for gardening in PR?
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Old 08-08-2009, 12:36 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Possibly either wolf spiders or land crabs. The best advice I can give you for island gardening is to look around you at your neighbors' properties and see what grows well there. I wasted a lot of money here in my part of the Caribbean trying to grow imports which were allegedly good for this zone but which failed miserably! Now I take cuttings of what thrives here, propagate my own cuttings and otherwise buy what's grown locally.

If you're in a particularly dry area and want to grow something that needs more water than you have available, good idea to invest in those water-absorbent granules which (if you can't find them locally) are readily available at online gardening supply outlets. After digging a hole for any planting you just sprinkle the granules around the root base of the plant and water well. Any time you water or it rains the granules swell up and then gradually release the water to the plant during dry spells.

Hope that helps for a start. Happy gardening!
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Old 08-08-2009, 01:32 PM
 
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Thanks! I'll see if I can find the granules.
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Old 08-08-2009, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Puerto Rico
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Are wolf spider and land crabs responsible for immense potholes in the streets too?
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Old 08-08-2009, 04:44 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Are wolf spider and land crabs responsible for immense potholes in the streets too?
Do you have giant iguanas in PR? That's what causes them here. Damned things come out in the wee hours of the morning and go tramping all over the place.
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