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Post  AvaDGardner on 6/6/2012, 12:12 pm

I'm so perplexed! Please fill me in if you know is happening and what to do!

At least 3 weeks ago I planted a partial shady area on my patio with salad greens seeds. 5 nice little lines of 5 types of greens. Total area about 18"x18".

They started to appear in 7 days, as they should. A few days later, almost all were gone. Only a two stem of spinach stood, like the flag pole of fallen soldiers. What ate them?

I replanted the seeds, and covered them with tulle, weighted down with rocks. I kept the soil moist. The next day I saw the familiar slime of snails/slugs on the tulle. I treated the area with something to keep the slimers away for several weeks.

After a 7 days, only 1 of the rows showed little green seedlings. A few more days, keeping a watchful eye, keeping the soil moist. Another row started to show green. Yea!

And today, everything is gone! There's no signs of any critter, winged or slimer. Tulle is in place.

Ideas? Solutions? I want some salad!

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Post  southern gardener on 6/6/2012, 12:23 pm

We had earwigs a few years ago...they demolished everything! Sow bugs too are bad. I finally went out at night and took a look, and I was shocked at all the activity going on! affraid affraid Take a flash light and go out tonight, and see if you can find the culprits! We finally started treating the area outside the garden box with treatments, and got it under control. It's VERY frustrating!! Good luck I love you
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Post  AvaDGardner on 6/6/2012, 2:11 pm

what did you use?
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Post  southern gardener on 6/6/2012, 5:30 pm

I think it was an "ortho" product. It was for sow bugs, ants, earwigs, all kinds of critters. It sort of looked like oatmeal? Very small stuff, and I just sprinkled it around my boxes, not actually in the soil. They were gone in no time. cheers The stuff didn't really seem to keep the ants away tho....let us know if you find critters tonight!!
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Post  PeonyLover on 6/6/2012, 11:09 pm

I used oil traps (small amount of vegetable oil in a ramekin) and it took care of my earwig problem with no pesticide. Hth
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Post  AvaDGardner on 6/8/2012, 2:25 am

So I crept outside tonight with my trusty LED microlight.

I didn't expect to see much, because all the seedlings are gone (except for the arugula, which isn't touched.)

There were some very fine slime looking marks under the tulle. They were a lot thinner than those left by snails/slugs and the marks were under instead of top like the snails/slugs had left.

So I looked a bit closer. Sure enough, there were about 6 earwigs milling about a 1.5'x1.5 area.

I took my hand trowel, dug a hole and inserted a ramakin with some oil in the bottom. The dirt was a bit tough, and digging out an area for the ramakin made a rise around it. So much for level!

I'll let you know what I find in the morning. I guess it is time for some Sluggo Plus!

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Post  southern gardener on 6/8/2012, 1:09 pm

it''s amazing what goes on at night! those earwigs demolished our seedlings. There were literally hundreds of them! it was crazy. Do you think the "thin" slime lines are baby slugs/snails? My green beans were nibbled on overnight, and I looked on the back of the leaf, and a TINY snail was on it! SMASH!!
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Post  AvaDGardner on 6/8/2012, 3:26 pm

I was thinking the thin lines were from the earwigs.

I didn't catch any last night.

Time replant!
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