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Help! The slugs have eaten my cabbages etc.


 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:25 pm    Post subject: Help! The slugs have eaten my cabbages etc. Reply with quote

Hi,

I work away for days at a time. I had planted cabbages, swedes, and turnips in my new raised bed. Last week, the seedlings were all through and I was planning on thinning them out this week. When I came back, the pesky slugs have devoured most of them. I will have to start again from scratch.

I was thinking of getting a fleece to cover all three rows to prevent the slugs getting to them in the first place. I have old net curtains which will do the trick I think. Could this prevent the cabbage root fly also?

My question is will they get enough sunlight through the curtain if I leave it in place, and when should I remove it again?

Thanks for any info.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to tell you - but net curtains, fleece or any other kind of cover won't deter slugs; they'll just crawl in under.
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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only sure-fire way I've ever found of getting rid of slugs is the midnight hunt to pick them off. You'll get absolutely loads the first night, a good few the second, surprisingly few on night three then all that's needed is a once a week pick over to get the stragglers. It does actually seem to work. I've tried beer traps and various barriers with very little success.
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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Laughing I do the midnight pick off as well Garlicbreath. You can often find me out with the miners headlight on.

colin79ie, have a look at this video.. Slug control, How-to Video and have a read of this article.... Irish garden pests, problems with slugs and snails. ... for loads of other solution, then take your pick.

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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GPI wrote:
Laughing Laughing I do the midnight pick off as well Garlicbreath. You can often find me out with the miners headlight on.

Are'nt we strange people, I do the same Laughing
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Pair of freaks. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

me too. i just wonder what the neighbours must think.
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

medieval knievel wrote:
me too. i just wonder what the neighbours must think.


I don't have any neighbours. Very Happy .....but I do have slugs Confused . Is there a difference?
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sean Ph'lib wrote:
medieval knievel wrote:
me too. i just wonder what the neighbours must think.


I don't have any neighbours. Very Happy .....but I do have slugs Confused . Is there a difference?


At least you can't blame the neighbours for not tending to their garden allowing the slugs to mature!
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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When I came back, the pesky slugs have devoured most of them. I will have to start again from scratch.


Nematodes!
Googling 'slug nematodes' will give more info, 'Mr Midleton' garden shop sells them and the link below is to Irish Times offer:

http://readeroffers.irishtimes.com/i-dd-itw72/nemaslug-slug-killer/

Wink I'm just about to get some myself, as well as the anti-flatworm nematodes in the hope that then I'll have seedlings and earthworms again .........

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a look at the offer from the Irish times. €16.99. A full €3 discount. Postage comes to €6.95.

Mr Middelton does not offer a discount the same stuff is sold at €16.95. NO postage. So guess where I placed the order?

http://www.mrmiddleton.com/shop/product.php?productid=20&cat=0&page=1
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