BUGS ‘N’ SLUGS
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.