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Monday, May 11, 2009

Slugs can go to h#%*...

So something ate my collard greens?!!! So I was warned about slugs. But I thought slugs just maybe eat little holes in my leaves but they can actually eat a whole plant??!!! I didn't know it.
I found this online. My new goals:

Creating an ecosystem

However small your garden or vegetable plot, it should have a self-regulating ecosystem in place to control pests and keep your plants healthy. The simplest way to create this ecosystem is to plant a range of plants which attract natural predators that feed on pests. Ideally, these plants should provide food (in the form of nectar, fruit and pollen) and shelter for predators and sacrificial crops to maintain pest colonies. A sacrificial crop could be a clump of nettles. This will harbor aphids which will feed predators such as ladybugs and lacewings. If any aphids then attack your crops, the ladybugs and lacewings will be on standby to clear them up.

If you have room, a pond (even a very small pond) is useful for keeping pest numbers down. It will encourage frogs (which eat slugs) and bats (which eat mosquitoes and other flying insects).

The following common predators keep pest numbers in check:

  • Birds eat slugs, snails, grubs, wireworms, caterpillars and insects
  • Frogs eat slugs and snails, beetles and insects
  • Ladybugs and lacewings eat aphids such as blackfly and whitefly

You can attract various predators to your plot with a few simple planting techniques. A few bird feeders will encourage more birds on to your plot. A pond will encourage frogs. Lacewings and ladybugs can be encouraged to visit by planting candytuft, sunflowers and marigolds.


Jill said...

I heard a rumor that if you scatter eggshells around the perimeter of your garden slugs won't crawl over them. I haven't done it yet but I need to...I've been noticing little holes.

The Georges said...

ugh I've got a few little holes in my tomato plants and radishes...I just planted some marigolds in them this weekend to see if it helps! Good luck! Dang pests!

scotty and crystal said...

Or, you could just burry an open glass of beer away from your plants, it will attract the slugs AWAY from the plants and I think they get drunk and drown?