Slugs and Snails
Slugs and Snails (and Puppy Dog’s Tails)
Slime trails on leaves... Benches/pots and the surface of the leaves/flowers being ‘thinned out’.... indicate that slugs and snails have been busy – bait with a suitable snail bait scattered a small distance away from the plant, to draw the critters away from the precious growth; but do beware of small children and pets gaining access to the baits. Cover with an empty pot with a cut-out “door” if necessary, to keep prying noses and fingers away for a bit.
For a sustainable option, you can cut a potato or cucumber in half, scoop out some of the centre and place face down nearby - they will be drawn to the starchy, moist environment rather than your plants. In a greenhouse or garden, you can place an old and wet wooden plank on the ground to provide a desirable snail-friendly environment, they will often cluster underneath the plank and can be removed from your garden the following morning.
We know it can be a challenge getting a balance right of all the requirements for all your different plants; but hey, that is why we grow orchids, eh?
We ALL love a challenge…. and let’s be honest, if we wanted easy, we would grow a bed of Mint!