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Bare Gooseberry bush

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 22:16

It happened the second time this year - my Gooseberry bush is completely bare.

All the leaves have been eaten by small green caterpillars (6 lonely small berries are left) I sprayed with a soapy solution (washing-up-lotion), that killed them, then sprayed with clear water.

2 weeks later the next batch of caterpillars arrived and finished the job.

I normally don't use poison in my garden, but I think I have to change my mind....

The little "worms" are 1.5 cm long, slim and grass green,

What are they???????????? Help please, if anybody knows how to get rid of them,

I don't want them again next year!

Clear white grub / bug

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 17:33

No, I think they are by fare to thin and short to be earth worms, they are almost translucent.

Clear white grub / bug

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 17:23

I had some in my compost in a big flower pot, have never seen them before.

They are no maggots, they look like short wiggling sewing threads about an inch long.

Does anyone know what they are and whether they do any harm?

wool pellets

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 07:22

I promised to let you know how I got on...

I tried "real" sheep's wool, but - I bet the slugs were laughing about the stupid human,while they were crawling over the wool.

They munched a newly planted clematis right to the ground, so I'm back to the snail and slug pellets, not very nice, but the only thing to keep my plants.

It's not worth to pay (more) money for wool/wool pellets

Sorry, another ID please!

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:11

Just wait until it flowers - I always try it this way.

You are right Brenda Scott, normally foxglove leaves are furrier, but I have just looked in the garden: I have a foxglove with no "furry" at's a "Foxglove Albino"!

Sorry, another ID please!

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 18:44

Could be a foxglove / digitalis

wool pellets

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 16:50

I will let you know if it's working.

wool pellets

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 16:47

No Gemma, my slugs and snails are not that big!! 

wool pellets

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 16:40

Thank you Ceres, I thought they are quite expensive, that made me think of natural sheep fleece. It is much cheaper, found some on Ebay. I think I give it a go...

The scratchiness should be the same.

wool pellets

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 16:32

I just have been told that I could use wool pellets to keep slugs and snails away from my plants. (

Has anybody tried them? If so, was it successful?

I was wondering - if they work - could I use just sheeps fleece wool?

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wool pellets

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