What is eating seedlings

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Eblana

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What is eating seedlings
« on: January 31, 2018, 12:40 »
I was just out checking my seedlings for early tomato experiment and some chard seedling which I had sown.  I thought that the only tomatoes to germinate were the Roma but I have discovered that some of the others have as well but something has eaten the leaves off them and the chard are all the same😡😡😡.   I donít think it is slugs at this time of year and I canít see any evidence of them. Any other suggestions?

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Re: What is eating seedlings
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2018, 12:52 »
Iím sure it will be slugs, I take it said seedlings are in the greenhouse, if itís warm enough for growth itís warm enough for slugs, check under the pots etc, perhaps put some slug pellets down or beer traps, or go our in the dark with a torch,Iím sure youíll find some.

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Re: What is eating seedlings
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2018, 15:18 »
You do get slugs at this time of year. I have seem them in the soil even after a cold spell with hard frosts. the winter so far has also been mild.

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Re: What is eating seedlings
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2018, 17:32 »
the winter so far has also been mild.

Depends where you are, we've had sub-zero night temps more often than not here this winter! Admittedly, not stopped the evil slug menace though  ;)

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Re: What is eating seedlings
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2018, 20:55 »
I've found a few small slugs around already

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Re: What is eating seedlings
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2018, 23:00 »
It's probably slugs, but I once had a very mischievous mouse who used to sneak into my greenhouse and munch the tops of my seedlings. He left no signs, and if I hadn't caught him in the act I wouldn't have believed it!

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Re: What is eating seedlings
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2018, 09:53 »
I have put down blue pellets of death😜. I also went yesterday and bought a mouse trap as I noticed some soil disturbance in the seed tray of the first onion seed that I sowed (couldnít make up my mind whether it was when I was watering or a mouse rooting around but with hindsight it is possible a mouse).

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Eblana

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Re: What is eating seedlings
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2018, 00:40 »
It is mice.  Have caught two so far and thankfully now have leaves left on seedlings which have germinated.

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Re: What is eating seedlings
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2018, 11:29 »
So far I have caught 5 mice, I can't find a nest or even where they are getting in.  There seems to be no activity during the day so I presume they are getting in somehow at night probably attracted by the heat (I have a 8x3 ft heated sand bench in there so it is nice and toasty).  None of my peas or sweet peas have germinated so I am assuming that they have snaffled the seeds somehow but there is no sign of the compost being disturbed. 

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Re: What is eating seedlings
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2018, 11:43 »
On a different scale   -   my over-winter Aquadulce broad beans have been looking good, up until the last few days. Now they are looking decidedly ragged, and that part of my allotment is covered in what I'm guessing are Muntjac deer tracks (are they called 'slots', I seem to remember or mis-remember from my enthusiastic wildlife reading some 60 years ago?).
So I shall have to rig up some kind of improvised anti-deer defences....



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