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What veg does slugs eat?


 
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sainttoff
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:48 am    Post subject: What veg does slugs eat? Reply with quote

I have an allotment and this is the first summer with it.

Basically I am planning on getting copper wire and laying it on the ground around plants on the allotment, will this stop the slugs?

Also was wondering which veg will they go for, I am growing the following:

Carrots, Parnsips, Onions, Leeks peas and beans: Slugs wont go near these?

Broccili, Cauliflower, Spinach, Cabbage: Prime targets?

Potatoes, Butter Nut Squash, Kale: ??

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

all those you mentioned are eaten by slugs, none are fully safe from them. However it is at the seedling stage that all are susceptible, while adult broccoli and cauliflower are great favourites with slugs. Always assume that the slugs will go for them depending on weather, damp mild weather especially at night. i have tried the copper wire and copper pipes, not successful for me.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sainttoff, i recently bought loads of used scaffolding to make some raised beds. I left the timber lying on the ground at the allotment and each day I went up there I turned over the planks and went on a slug massacre. Bits of wood are great for attracting the pests. Feeling a bit guilty over my mass-massacring but hopefully it will reduce the numbers. If you've any old timber lying around it might be an idea to keep it next to the rows of veg and do a regular slug sweep...
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