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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


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 .......

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

A wise idea???


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. 



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.


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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