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Some written progress of my gardening project this year

Submitted by the_poebel in Gardening

Most of the stuff that I planted out got eaten by slugs. Those are some hungry folks I can tell you. Potatoes from seed - completely eaten; tobacco - mostly eaten; pepper - completely eaten and so on. I started picking and killing them, which makes me kind of sad, but to me it seems as if I have no choice. If someone has some tricks on how to deal with them, I will greatly appreciate advice. I already tried some stuff though: putting a line of coffee around the plants, which does absolutely nothing; only watering in the mornings, which is hard to stick to in such a dry time; spreading some roman snails (helix pomatia), which I can't tell if it helped or not.

At least the calabash is growing a lot, I expect a good harvest from that. The potatoes from planting potatoes are growing just fine through the mulching. Tomatoes have been left growing by the slugs, which is nice.

Strawberries are great if you plant them everywhere inbetween, they keep on propagating and harvest was good so far.

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noordinaryspider wrote

I'm using diatomaceous earth this year--not cheap, but I haven't had a garden in many years and I need one.

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the_poebel wrote

I've never heard that term before, is that the volcanic dust? Or some other kind of fertiliser?

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noordinaryspider wrote

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth

Which I don't claim to fully understand. It doesn't get rid of the slugs, but it gives my baby seedlings a chance to get started, anyway.

I'm in an exteremely sluggy area and am trying container gardening this year. The expense of getting all those root pouches and all that potting soil was pretty intense, but I'm currently very pleasantly surprised at how much food I'm actually getting from the Garden of Eatin' instead of Colonel McMonsanto's.

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the_poebel wrote

Yeah, tbh I do not really understand that wiki page that much. I can definitely say that picking the slugs and killing them made at least a small noticable difference; I've put out a bowl with beer now, I'll update on that in a few days I guess.

That's great though, that you have quite some food from your garden. You can really taste the difference between homegrown and bought food!

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RosaReborn wrote

That's great to hear. I only have a balcony garden but it's actually gone very well. My basils had a disease scare but seem fine now. I am having a big recurring problem with aphids on my Jalapeno and other spicy pepper plants. It just requires a bit of maintenance but otherwise they are growing large.

My biggest concern are my container grown eggplants have stalled growing for a while now. They both still seem very healthy but idk if a lack of sunlight is hurting them. I might move them form the balkon to a windowsill, however I can't imagine them actually producing large fruits

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the_poebel wrote

Yeah, having access to a larger garden is great, but even growing on a balcony is awesome. I'll probably move this year and then I'll have to improvise a bit, but I'll see.

I've had some aphids aswell, but they're mostly on plants that I do not want to harvest, so they're no problem. I'm currently trying to from a more natural garden so that beneficial insects and stuff likle to live there - I really like thistles for example, they look great, bees love them and aphids like them too. I don't know if it's possible to do that to some extend on a balcony; probably not due to space issues.

Wish you good luck on your eggplants!

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ziq wrote

I leave a watermelon husk filled with water out and snails happily drown themselves in it. Could also work for slugs. I've heard a bowl of beer works too but I don't drink.

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the_poebel wrote

I have some plastic bowls filled with water outside, for birds and insects, but there's no drowning slugs in them. I'll try the beer version of it then.