misscheeky
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somethings eating up my spinach leaves and other plant leave

not sure if its slugs/snails/ or caterpillers??? wat does it seem like, this pic i took had the biggest eaten patch in it, and some spinach leaves have white dots on them not sure what these are and how i can stop them
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Raheema Ebrahim

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seems more like slugs/snails than caterpillars. had a lot of similar damage from slugs this spring.

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slug damage

That's what I thought too when I saw the damage. Try sprinkling diatomaceous earth around your plants...

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Re: slug damage

rainbowgardener wrote:That's what I thought too when I saw the damage. Try sprinkling diatomaceous earth around your plants...
I was thinking that DE was dangerous to all of the little critters in the garden good and bad. If I'm wrong that is good. I did look it up a bit and didn't see any one way or the other.

I did notice that it is like 80% silica. If it is safe to use I'm a bricklayer\mason and my lungs are filled with silica. I could just cough on my plants and they will do great. :roll:

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That's what I read too. That's why I used sluggo sparingly.
When plants are small they only have a few leaves and can't take the constant barrage.
Another thing that helped was putting tomato leaves in the pots of my small potato plants.
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We've had MAJOR, LONG discussions about slug/snail management here at THG this season. Please look up threads containing phrases like "snail hunting," "number of slugs," and such.

Guaranteed: you will have LOTS of non-toxic options for these gross gastropods.

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i have read about slugs/snails and how to keep em away, i have been usin the egg shel tecnique crumbling them and placin them around plants, hav't seen that many slugs/snails about, i jus visited a garden centre yesterday and i was told slug pellets are the best way to get rid of them and keep them away
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