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24/05/2013 at 16:53

Hi,

I planted my runner beans on Monday this week and by Wednesday the leaves had been eaten.

What has caused this?

Any help appreciated....

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24/05/2013 at 17:07

Cant see the pictures-but 100% guarantee it is slugs or snails-did you do anything to deter?

24/05/2013 at 17:12

Not really.

I did put a leaf mulch around the base of each plant. It's possible there are slugs or snails in there.

I shall remove it tomorrow and inspect.

24/05/2013 at 17:16

They hide in the day-go out tonight after dark with a torch you will see them.

It is always slugs or snails if freshly planted things get nibbled-seldom anything else-better safe than sorry

 

24/05/2013 at 17:17

We have grown our Runners this year from seed in the GH and will be planting them out this weekend surrounded by a "thick mulch" of Slug Pellets!! The plants are in 4 inch pots are about 5 inches high (sorry about the Old English measurments but I do not DO the European rubbish!)

Good luck.

24/05/2013 at 17:17

Can see the pics now-that is typical slug damage

24/05/2013 at 17:19
bigolob wrote (see)

We have grown our Runners this year from seed in the GH and will be planting them out this weekend surrounded by a "thick mulch" of Slug Pellets!! The plants are in 4 inch pots are about 5 inches high (sorry about the Old English measurments but I do not DO the European rubbish!)

Good luck.

You do not need a "thick mulch" of pellets-just a few scattered about.

24/05/2013 at 17:27
lazy gardener wrote (see)

Can see the pics now-that is typical slug damage

If I sprinkle some salt over the area of the beans would that help, would it harm the bean plant?

24/05/2013 at 17:30
Andrew Kenneth wrote (see)
lazy gardener wrote (see)

Can see the pics now-that is typical slug damage

If I sprinkle some salt over the area of the beans would that help, would it harm the bean plant?

Do not sprinkle salt on the garden-get yourself some pellets or go out tonight and pick them off and dispose.

But not JUST tonight.

24/05/2013 at 17:41

I can't get to the plot in the evening and especially after dark as it's on private land and, the owners lock up.

I didn't really want to use slug pellets as I try to be organic.

Does salt harm the soil?

What about if I stripped some copper wire and formed a circle around the plants, (I know with this method you have to make sure there are no snails or slugs inside the ring when put down.

Does the copper wire option work?

24/05/2013 at 18:02

You can get organic slug pellets-or try beer traps-but you are going to need something

Salt harms the soil

Some slugs are in the soil- a barrier wont necessarily work-would not bother to be honest.

24/05/2013 at 18:07

Agree with lazy gardener, go steady on the slug pellets, just a few around the plants. By the way, your beans will most likely regrow from the base, that is yet another benefit from runner beans.

24/05/2013 at 18:12

Thanks for your help.

As I have a leave mulch around the plants would it be best to remove this before I put the pellets down or, just sprinkle on top of the mulch?

24/05/2013 at 18:16

Sprinkle on top -but do not go mad-just a few does the job

Prevention always better than cure

Lyn
24/05/2013 at 18:17

They will grow 2 shoots from the base, so perhaps the slugs have done you  a favour, saves you picking them out.

Please go easy on the slug pellets, i only put about 4/5 per plant if that. 

24/05/2013 at 18:32

Lazygardener I was being facetious and NOT intending to suggest that I was putting a 1 foot deep layer of slug pellets around the beans!!

24/05/2013 at 18:39
Andrew Kenneth wrote (see)

Thanks for your help.

As I have a leave mulch around the plants would it be best to remove this before I put the pellets down or, just sprinkle on top of the mulch?

 

Andrew Kenneth wrote (see)

Thanks for your help.

As I have a leave mulch around the plants would it be best to remove this before I put the pellets down or, just sprinkle on top of the mulch?

 

Lyn wrote (see)

They will grow 2 shoots from the base, so perhaps the slugs have done you  a favour, saves you picking them out.

Please go easy on the slug pellets, i only put about 4/5 per plant if that. 

I'm a bit lost now .What do you mean by picking them out?

This is how they started out::::

Will go easy on pellets...

Sorry for my ignorance

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