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Beer Traps to Rid Your Garden of Snails and Slugs – Tested

Beer Traps to Rid Your Garden of Snails and Slugs – Tested

I have heard nothing but good things about the effectiveness of beer traps to control slugs and snails in the garden but what if, like me, you’re a teetotaller?  Will yeast work as well as beer?  Will plain water lure any snails or slugs and what about using stout?  I’ve tested four different baits in four different traps and run this experiment three times in different parts of the garden to see what snails and slugs prefer to order at the bar.

How to Save Crops from Cabbage White Butterfly and Other Pesky Caterpillars

How to Save Crops from Cabbage White Butterfly and Other Pesky Caterpillars

Those white butterflies flapping merrily around your vegetable garden may look lovely and whimsical but they are the bane of most gardeners.  Once their eggs hatch into plump green caterpillars your crops leaves will slowly but surely develop ever increasing holes.  It’s not impossible to beat this plant predator but it does require planning and forward thinking to save yourself from an infestation where you have more holes in your vegetables than leaves.

How to Identify and Control Spider Mites

How to Identify and Control Spider Mites

It was the start of September and I excitedly sowed my bean seeds.  They sprouted and grew well but just as they started to flower they began to show signs of what I thought was nutrient deficiency.  They had pale mottling across their leaves and lacklustre growth, which didn’t abate with the application of liquid fertilisers so I went in for further examination.  A close look revealed little tiny rust coloured speck like bugs.  Once again I had to refer to my gardening books and the internet, I found the tiny little blighters were in fact spider mites.

Organic Methods to Control Snails – Tested

Organic Methods to Control Snails – Tested

With the onset of winter and wet weather comes the unrelenting nighttime raids by hordes of snails and slugs, their one goal, to feast on all the sweetest baby leaves of any newly planted seedling.  This got me wondering what, of the many organic deterrents, actually work?  With this in mind I set out to try the most popular, often suggested methods for saving seedlings from these persistent feeders.

How to Catch Earwigs that are Eating Your Garden

How to Catch Earwigs that are Eating Your Garden

So, you’ve noticed chewed holes in the leaves of your vegetables consisting of fairly small bite marks that create large ragged holes, but no silvery snail trails. You may have earwigs. Here’s how to identify and trap earwigs in an eco friendly manner.