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Flies in My Soil

A gardener writes in:

“We used 5 gallon buckets for our 3 tomatoes, 2 squash, and lemon cucumber plants this summer. I seem to have flies in the dirt! Am I over watering? What natural ways can I get rid of them?”

I’m going to take a stab and assume that the flies in question are gnats rather than house flies or white flies.  Given that, yes, over watering contributes to this problem.  It sounds like you have Fungus Gnats – little flies that lay eggs in the soil where it’s nice and moist, then the eggs develop into larvae and new …
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