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14/08/2012 at 11:11

A friend recently gave me about 10 purple sprouting plants which were about 10cm in height . I then planted them out about 60cm apart placing a net over them and plenty of slug pellets around them . However I went to check this morning and the slugs have eaten half of some of the leaves and on 2 plants the top two leaves clean off.

What I would like to know is do I have to pull them up and start again or can they be saved.

Answers gratefully recieved.Thanks

The Determined Veg Grower

15/08/2012 at 07:17

Keep looking after them and put out some  beer traps for the slugs.  If they've only got the side leaves the plants should recover - if they've taken the tops right out they're probably gonners 

Go around the garden at night with a torch and grab the little beasties - also, I sometimes find that offering the slugs and snails  a more tasty alternative nearby will make them leave your plants alone -  a heap of chopped lettuce leaves at the end of a row of plants may well do the trick - then you can nab them and give them to a neighbour's chickens, or drown them or cover them with salt or ...... or .......

15/08/2012 at 08:33

Thanks for your response - a beer trap going in now! 

Then lets see!

16/08/2012 at 17:36

I am also wondering whether to put some cabbage collars around the plants .

A wise idea???

16/08/2012 at 17:41

You could, or you could cover with fleece to prevent Cabbage Root Fly attack, or you could do both - if I was growing it I'd probably use both - belt and braces approach. 

16/08/2012 at 17:58

Sorry about this but I can't help smiling when I see your thread title

 I've never yet succesfully grown the stuff. Too many predators and I'm clearly not as determined as you TDVG.

17/08/2012 at 13:55

Well this year may be my first and last time of growin it!

17/08/2012 at 18:57

If you manage to grow some, I will be very glad for you and will hang on your every word ;- )  I really like it and it's always very pricey in shops as well as having a short season.

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