Wednesday, 5 August 2009

We have a winner...

Check out my pea seedling, how intact and un-nibbled it is.



My mysterious object, as correctly guessed by Madmurdock and Montyknits, is a gastropod guard. It seems to be working.

I'd heard that slugs and snails don't like slithering over hair. I tried using hair clippings a few years ago as a barrier. It worked for a few days, til I found chewed, leafless stems and on further inspection a guilty slug covered in ginger hair. Hopefully the fleecy barrier will stay in place and mean I get a good late crop of peas.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who took part.

4 comments:

madmurdock said...

Oo, I'll have to try that so I can have strawberries again. Very cool.

claire montgomerie said...

let me know if it continues to work, I don't quite have the serious problems you do, but i am noticing a few nibbles here and there...

Ginger Knits said...

I'm only testing it at the front of my flat where the problem is less severe. I might make another one if I spin more manky yarn and do a trial run in the back garden, where gastropads rule. Or just spread the lefttover fleece in between plants. You can also use fleece to insulate plants over winter.

mostcurious said...

educational(1) I had no idea such a thing existed.