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23/03/2014 at 19:00

I haven't put anything down to stop slugs Scroggin, it is only a couple and it just seemed to 'small' for slugs, unless of course they had a taste and decided they weren't up to scratch so left the rest!!! 

23/03/2014 at 19:05

I would say its slugs then, they do make holes just like that, if you have some grit available that should help keep them at bay if you spread it around the plant.


23/03/2014 at 19:08

Thanks Scroggin, I'll sort that tomorrow, I've got egg shells and coffee.  It's going to be really cold tonight so hopefully they'll be ok for tonight.  I've never seen holes that tiny from slugs, usually they just destroy the whole leaf.  Thanks again 

23/03/2014 at 19:29

@Tracey, the snail and toadstool, as well as the pots were from B&M all 99p each. I gather they aren't to everyone's taste, but I think they brighten things up a little, at least until I hopefully get some blooms! I highly recommend them for pots, planters, decorations and even plants, my Violas were a bargain, I believe I got 15 for £2. They aren't spectacular to viola fans I'm sure, mainly purple and blue, but I love them!

23/03/2014 at 20:33

Thanks Sweetpea  Being a newbie too I tend to go for cheaper plants that I like, I have had some real bargains from Aldi and Lidl but admit to not having had anything from B&M yet. I might have to get a little toadstool 

23/03/2014 at 21:43

I did say about slugs 'n sails!

23/03/2014 at 21:45

Sorry David  (Hangs head and wonders off embarrassed at being a muppet )

24/03/2014 at 08:42

tracey have you tried slug pubs? i'm collecting plastic bottlles and cutting tops off to fill with cheap beer/lager ready for planting out i'm also a bit evil and if i see a slug i pour salt on it, sorry everyone, am kind to everything except flies in the house and slugs!

24/03/2014 at 08:43

ps lizzie that's how i want my garden to look! my sweet peas got to 6ft last year 1st time i grew them main problem was i didn't support high or well enough

24/03/2014 at 08:52

I've checked my SP's this morning and they are fine, no more eaten so today will put my egg shells and coffee grounds round them.  Thanks for the too Louise, it's not that nothing is working, it's just that I didn't do anything!!!  Will remedy today 

24/03/2014 at 08:55

Glad you did'nt have anymore damage, probably a bit 'nippy' for Mr slug last night.

24/03/2014 at 08:56

That's what I thought too and I was right 

24/03/2014 at 09:12

Perhaps worth noting that salt kills plants too.

24/03/2014 at 11:55

i know david, i wouldn't put it on a plant just a yukky slug!!

24/03/2014 at 13:24
Louise Stevenson wrote (see)

i know david, i wouldn't put it on a plant just a yukky slug!!


I was thinking salt leeching into the soil at some point.

25/03/2014 at 08:39

ah ok to be honest i usually do it to them on path that's where i seem to find them , and only if i have time to run inside and grab the salt,to be honest i probably only murdered 4or5 last year!

25/03/2014 at 18:40

Quicker to stamp on them! I'm afraid I used slug pellets when I planted out my sweet peas. Too precious to risk. The birds don't like them when dead from slug pellets and don't have a hedgehog in the veggie garden.

25/03/2014 at 19:24

Uurrrghhhh Lizzie, stamp on them?? The noise/squelch would make me sick, but good for weight loss LOL 

26/03/2014 at 07:39

what to do? have prepared 1 site, halfway to other -had to dig up large clump of crocosmia- itching to plant out, plastic bottle bottoms ready... v cold frosts forecast.. david shall i leave tops on boxes up a couple of nights before planting in beds?

26/03/2014 at 09:34

No matter how many times I say it, I can't seem to get the message through.

Sweet peas are extremely hardy and will not be affected by frosts....of course, if they have been made tender by over-coddling, then they may need hardening-off prior to being planted out.

Louise, don't put the tops on your boxes unless you have already been doing this recently.

Not often I agree with Monty Don, but he was spot on when sowing his SP seed the other week i.e. sow the seed in pots, bung em in the cold-frame, then leave em there until planting-out time.....job done!