Do you have deer netting around your garden or anything? If the entire plant is disappearing, i highly doubt that slugs will do that much damage that quickly. Deer? Squirrels? Groundhog? A stupid neighbor with a lawnmower? (long story)sheeshshe wrote:well, the cucumber seedlings are just a little stub and there is nothing left. same with the melons. just gone. I see slugs all over my driveway and all over the place and it has been really wet for the past month. so I suspect slugs. anything I can do besides putting bottles over them?
I know for sure that the culprit for the demise of my cucumber seedlings was not warm blooded. I'm almost 100% certain it was slugs - there's just no need for any plant eater to come into my garden and nibble off days-old cucumber seedlings and not touch anything else.sheeshshe wrote:The plants are so tiny, just coming up out of the ground. I would think a slug could do that, right? p;us the melons that are in the garden have a fence around it. although, I'd suppose a deer could still get in. But, I'm still leaning towards slugs.
Rainbow...what is being described is exactly what happened to my cucumber seedlings. The were only a couple days old - no true leaves yet - and one or two would be gone overnight. There are no groundhogs in my neighborhood, and there's nothing else I can think of that lives in my neighborhood that would have done that kind of damage.rainbowgardener wrote:DE does help with the slugs, but don't apply it in a rainy week. You just have to reapply after every time it rains. In the meantime, while you are waiting for a dry spell, crush up some eggshells and put around the plants. They don't dissolve in the rain and also help deter slugs.
Holes in leaves are slugs. If it keeps up, the leaves become skeletonized, where there is nothing much left but the main ribs/ veins of the leaves, but it takes them awhile of working on it to get to that point, doesn't happen over night. I'm still not convinced that something being eaten down to a stub over night is slugs. Very typical ground hog damage. I live with ground hogs, so I'm quite familiar with it.
In case it helps to know that other people get frustrated too, try reading the last few posts in this thread:
I don't have the luxury of starting indoors (no indoor setup), so I buy tomato, pepper, and herb plants, and just sow cukes directly in the ground. Believe me...I'd love to have an indoor seed-starting setup!rainbowgardener wrote:Well, I guess it makes sense that slugs could do that to seedlings so small. That's one of the advantages to starting everything indoors. I don't put out any tiny seedlings, so they are a bit less vulnerable to stuff like that. By the time I put them in the ground, they are too big for cutworms and too big for slugs to destroy them like that (even if they do get holes in the leaves)
I don't think they are always that easy to find, being brownish in brown soil. But the collar prevents them from getting to your seedlings.sheeshshe wrote:Ok, so if it were cut worms, aren't I supposed to dig around the plant and find the worm? I don't' see anything. and I didn't see anything when one chopped my tomato plant either. UGHH