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Bad year for Cherry and Pear slugs

Wood ash for treating cherry and pear slug

Getting the wood ash ready to treat the cherry and pear slugs

Judging from the number of slugs on my cherry tree and from the number of visitors to my blog looking for answers this has been a bad year for cherry and pear slugs. For those who aren’t familiar with it, they are a small black slug between a few millimetres and 2 cm long that feed on the leaves of cherries and pears. If you have leaves on your tree that end up looking like lace, then you probably have cherry slugs.

If a post last year I talked about using wood ash as a dusting to controls the slugs.
You can use pyrethrum spray but that kills the good insects as well as the bad, so this year I took my own advice and went for the wood ash. Initially it looked good but the devils kept coming. I was almost going to give up and reach for the bottle (of spray that is, not alcohol!) but I persevered with the ash but it seems to have worked. continue reading..

The snail blitz worked!

My un-eaten beetroot seedlings!

Maybe I am soft but for many years I have felt terribly guilty about squashing snails, feeling that they had a right to exist in my vegetable patch as much as I did.  The result, however, was that I could never grow anything from seed – it would always get eaten – and even bought seedlings rarely lasted the week.  I tried beer traps with my duff homebrew batches, but the snails seemed to prefer my lovely seedlings to the beer.

But this year I toughened up.  No more mister nice guy.  Any snail or slug found within slithering distance of the vegie patch was promptly dispatched to a better place (not on this earth if you catch my drift).  My strategy has included nightime forays into the garden, torch in hand, squashing shoes on foot.   As a result I have managed to grow a whole punnet of basil, a crop of lettuces and the beetroot seeds you see above have burst forth unmolested.  I still don’t like squashing them, but the results have been worth it.

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