Organically dealing with garden pests
Tuesday, 05 Apr 11 Sunny 16°C / 61°F
At first glance my garden is looking very healthy with Springs new growth showing. But look a little closer and you see areas nibbled by slugs, greenfly congregating on the tulips and new seed beds dug over by the neighbour’s cat.
I feel my patience pushed with the greenfly – I know that if I leave them be for long enough a ladybug will come along and eat them all, so I shouldn’t be too concerned. But I want them off now, so I’m tempted to wash them off with dish washing water even though I know they will be back again quickly with that method.
I generally like cats, but our neighbour’s cat was the reason I had no courgettes last year, it was so determined to use my pots as a toilet. I don’t want to be so set back again this year, so I’ve tried covering the area with netting. Even this doesn’t seem to deter it… somehow she’s just digging and toileting through the netting! Does anyone have ideas of other tricks I could use?
Slugs come in masses to our garden, and this does attract a frog to visit. Since I met the frog last year I have decided to avoid using slug pellets as these can seriously damage the frog too. But until he shows up (and he better be hungry!) I still have to protect my seedlings from the slugs. They have already munched through mint and squash shoots within a day. Right now I’m trying a new trick of surrounding the seedling area with sawdust, as the slugs apparently cannot crawl over this so easily. It seems to be working for the lettuce, but it didn’t stop the pumpkin sprouts from being nibbled all the way down. Any ideas of alternatives??
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