Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - GROW YOUR OWN -

Snails and slugs be­gan their march on the gar­den with the re­cent wet weather. Luck­ily for my plants I think like a snail.

When I heard rain fall­ing the other night I was out with the torch to stop them in their tracks and spread safe iron-based snail bait to catch the ones I missed with my boot.

I am also watch­ing out for cab­bage white but­ter­flies as these flut­ter­ing pests lay eggs on bras­si­cas. At the first sign of adults I’ll cover the broc­coli with pro­tec­tive net­ting or pull it out if the crop is at its end. Also about are small green veg­etable bugs (aka stink bugs). When I spot­ted them among the flow­ers on the thorn­less black­berry I sprang into ac­tion, drown­ing them in a jar of wa­ter with de­ter­gent. Green veg­etable bugs also like beans so keep an eye out.

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