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02/05/2013 at 12:58

Hi everyone, I have just been weeding my garden and have come across some small eggs in the soild.  Initially, I assumed they would be slug eggs (I had come across a few whilst weeding) and removed them.  Then I considered they may be worm eggs, (as there were a number of these too) which I obviously want to keep.  I have 'googled' both types of eggs and am still none the wiser.  Just wondered if anyone out there could help identify these eggs.  Thanks.

02/05/2013 at 13:17

Slug/snail eggs are white and easily distinguishable

I have never seen a worm egg in my life

There are also also capsules that look like eggs and are slow release plant food

Wouldn't worry too much -there are all sorts of things in the soil-goodies and baddies-don't get hung up about this it is nature-if they are not in your soil they are in your neighbours-how are you going to stop that?

02/05/2013 at 15:00

Good point LG - got to keep it in perspective. . . . but don't we just hate it when those pesky slimey creatures gorge on our lovely new shoots.  There's no mistaking them when they're mature so they won't get away with their behaviour for long!

03/05/2013 at 01:59

Worm eggs are yellow/beige and are round like a ball.

Bill

03/05/2013 at 02:07

Sorry I forgot,if you sprinkle coarse sand around the plant stalk out about 4 inches that will stop slugs and snails as the do not like to crawl on the sand.

Bill

03/05/2013 at 06:46
otnorot wrote (see)

Sorry I forgot,if you sprinkle coarse sand around the plant stalk out about 4 inches that will stop slugs and snails as the do not like to crawl on the sand.

Bill

I've done exactly that this spring, around my delphiniums and hostas, and all are intact - so far 

03/05/2013 at 13:11

Thanks for the sand tip, otnorot/Bill, I'll be doing that too.  

03/05/2013 at 17:47
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