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Garden Update — Snail Snail, go away come again another day!


So here you have it, my vegetables will have to be not so organic as our garden seems to be overloaded with snails, 3 pots are completely eaten, and the rest have been used as starters for tomorrow’s banquet it seems.

Tomato plant half eaten

Tomato plant half eaten

So yes I have now used pesticide, be it only 1/10th of the recommended dose, and I sprayed most of it on the planks and outer part of the pots which is the way the slugs must reach there, unless they are Ninja slugs and leap through the sky to them, so most of the plant hasn’t really been touched by the pesticide…..because I really would like to have healthy veggies and not poisoned stuff! This also means that the copper plates I placed on top the soil doesn’t help at all, its supposed to scare away slugs and snails, but well luckily they only cost HK$ 10 for a pack of 8. so there you go that was a waste.

I think I am going to put everything high of the ground on tables until the plants become to big as soon as my bird cage is ready, here is a picture of the garden with the seedlings kept under the green tent and the frame ready for being covered by nets for the bigger plants, a door will be made in it and the thing can be enlarged by placing more frames next to each other, cheap and cheerful.

Garden area

Garden area

View from above, wouldnt say this is right next to a busy road

View from above, wouldnt say this is right next to a busy road

Right hand side of the picture here above you can just see the edge of some concrete steps which are under repair now, and will most likely become a big potted herb garden over time, straight ahead there are already 3 big pots of mint growing and ready to go onto the steps.

anyway that far for the update!

oops, just managed to finally order some more seeds, so on the way are now also:

Green Zuchinni, Lemon Balm, Basil, Thyme, Lemon Thyme, Chives, Chervil, Lavender, Marjoram, Mint, Black Italian eggplant, asian eggplant, white baby eggplant, cucumbers, pickling gherkins, patty pan squash to name a few.

Until later, Ciao

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6 responses

  1. At least you have space to grow all those plants!! I wish our garden was a little bigger (and a little sunnier) but we’ll have to do with just some herbs. We also have too many snails around here and they seem to get past anything!! It’s a good thing we also have lots of birds so at least some of them get eaten but not nearly enough!

    May 11, 2010 at 11:46 am

  2. cosmopolitanblog

    I placed beer traps now……beer in small pots which they fallm into…..will check tomorrow to see if it works.
    I need space as I will end up with +- 100 tomato plants and 100 chilli and pepper plants amongst others…!!! help!!!

    May 11, 2010 at 2:33 pm

  3. tabbycat

    Re your slug problem, I too have tried all slug traps, beer traps, copper etc. but then I discovered the Slug Bell and it’s brilliant. It uses conventional or organic slug pellets and the beauty is they last up to 12 weeks guarding your veg or in my case growbags 24/7 365 days. You can water the garden as per normal as the pellets are not watered down by rain, mist or frost. They are brilliant as no pets can be harmed and when they have neutralised the area in question you can simply move it to another location.
    they are made of metal which last years and come in a flower design to blend in with the garden

    May 13, 2010 at 10:44 am

  4. Hello,

    I have a hobby gardening site and have nine natural ways to get rid of snails which may interest you. There are photos and simple instructions for each solution.

    http://www.sustainable-gardening-tips.com/garden-snails.html

    There are many different ideas around and some work better than others depending on your climate and the design of your garden to name just a couple. At this time of year you will need to have some clever ways to stop them.

    I really don’t like commercial baits as they can cause death and / or illness in other innocent pets, birds and animals.

    Please have a look and choose from the nine options and try to eliminate them sustainably.

    Kind regards
    Robyn
    (Gardener and Permaculturist)

    May 23, 2010 at 4:00 am

    • cosmopolitanblog

      Hi Thanks, I have alreadt tried copper, putting everything on tables instead of the floor, beer traps, flour and coffee and none of these have helped any so far. at the moment I think what i do is futile as all my tomatoes end being naked sticks all eaten up and so i expect nothing for this moment at all.

      May 23, 2010 at 7:06 am

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