Slugs!

Date: March 29, 2016

Temperature: High 57F, Low 34F

Today we noticed that something has been chewing on the leaves of the pea and radish plants.  After taking a look around the garden bed, we spotted a slug who is the likely culprit. Slugs will eat pretty much any kind of vegetation, but prefer tender-leaved plants or seedlings, like our peas and radishes. Slugs thrive in a moist environment so you will often find them under pots, mulch, and rocks, and in overgrown vegetation. We found the slug in the vegetation surrounding our garden bed so we started pulling out those weeds and removing the slug from the area.

 

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One of the pea plants that had been chewed up by the slug.

 

There are some ways to prevent slugs from coming into your garden, or at least to encourage them not to eat your plants. One way is to attract slug predators, such as toads, ducks, chickens, and raccoons. Another method is to put out bait, like a melon rind, which will attract the slugs so you can remove them before they get to your plants. You can also try to reduce the moisture in your garden by removing wet mulch or any containers that might attract slugs.

This week, we also thinned out the broccoli and radish plants. The carrots are also starting to come up. Next steps are to keep an eye on the empty spots in the garden bed in case we want to plant more seeds so we can utilize our garden space to the fullest.

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These radishes look great!

 

What’s happening in your garden? Any signs of slugs or other pests? Chime in below or email us at youtheducation @civicgardencenter.org

 

 

 

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