Slugs and Lettuces

It’s so nice to eat food you have grown in the garden! Today I have a salad of mixed leaves for my lunch. Sadly the tomatoes are shop bought as mine are still green. The courgettes are looking promising, with tiny courgettes appearing. They will soon be huge and ready to eat.

imageIt is a battle with slugs and snails this year though. I have never know them to attack so many different plants. They seemed to be eating a lot of flowers earlier in the season. Now even the potato tops have been got at. I have never seen that before. I like to grow my veg organically, but it is pretty soul destroying when the slugs shred all your produce, and this year we have given into a few slug pellets. I did find some organic ones last year but haven’t been able to locate them this year. I will take a drive to B&Q as I think they do them. I have tried the slug beer traps but it makes barely a dent in the population.

I wish I had the time and space to grow more fruit and veg but have a decent sized plot so I am lucky. What are you growing this year?

0 thoughts on “Slugs and Lettuces

  1. AuntLeesie

    We haven’t grown lettuce or spinach in a few years because of the snail/slug problem. This year, with California’s severe drought, we’re on water rationing so the garden is meager. 🙁 Nothing really but drought tolerant herbs… which we have a LOT of.

  2. Myra

    We never had slugs or snails in our gardens but we had a lot of cut-worms. Is that anything similar to the slugs? My mother would mix up soapy water (water and dishwashing detergent) and pour it into the row/hole when she planted seeds or plants in the garden. It seemed to work. Don’t know if that is any help.
    Myra, from Winnipeg, Canada where I have no green thumb whatsoever, no matter how often I try.

      1. Myra

        Cut worms cut the plant down right at the soil level. I can’t remember if the plant “disappears” or if it just falls over. The worms were fat things. Hope that the tip works. It does not harm the plants.
        Myra, from Winnipeg, Canada where I am grabbing a few minutes at the computer before I begin to fix supper – rainbow trout and couscous tonight.

  3. Cynthia

    I was reading about the benefits of Epsom salts for the garden and the article said that slugs won’t cross a trail of Epsom salt and the stuff is beneficial to the soil as well. I got a big bag at the dollar store for a dollar–what else? Might be worth a try. Your salad looks delicious!