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Slug eggs


by Pippa Greenwood

Forking over some soil at the weekend, it was plain to see that the local slugs were showing no signs of slowing down. I uncovered several large clumps of their eggs.


Slug eggsIt’s that time of year when one has to admit that some of that scrumptious summer veg is well and truly past its best. Suddenly, it's time to clear away spent plants and prepare the soil for autumn and winter plantings.

Forking over some soil at the weekend, it was plain to see that the local slugs were showing no signs of slowing down. I uncovered several large clumps of their eggs; clear or slightly off-white spheres, each about 1-2mm in diameter (pictured, above). I gathered the eggs up in a pot and put them on the bird table.

Slug eggs are usually laid in heaps, but may also be found singly. We’ve had a few warm days recently and these, combined with recent wet weather, have provided slugs with perfect breeding conditions.

Leatherjacket in soilAs you clear plants from pots and flower beds, keep an eye out for slug and snail eggs, plus leatherjackets (the larvae of crane flies, pictured, left), chafer grubs and vine weevil larvae. Removing these pests now will save you time (and your crops) later, and the birds will certainly enjoy their free feast!



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Gardeners' World Web User 07/09/2011 at 18:34

how odd as today i was doing some gardening and i was clearing up around my pond and i noticed loads and loads of what i thought was frogspawn but without the black dot in the middle,so it must have been snail eggs ....

Gardeners' World Web User 07/09/2011 at 21:04

my problem is with earwigs eating my cabbages, any ideas ?

Gardeners' World Web User 08/09/2011 at 14:46

Also ich vermute das ist eh lediglich ne kurzweilige Erscheinung

Gardeners' World Web User 08/09/2011 at 19:39

This is my first winter working on an allotment and want to sow green manure. Have scoured many garden centres but can't find any of the seeds, recommended by Monty, such as rye grass. Who knows where I can purchase some.

Gardeners' World Web User 08/09/2011 at 20:03

whats all the above ....got to do with snail/slug eggs...???..!!!.

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