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ILoveToDIY31
Sep 1, 2016 11:13 AM CST
I recently found these pearls of different color and size in my DIY Earthbox, not sure if it has to do with the fertilizer or soil purchased as I've recently learned about slow release water retention pearls developed in fertilizer and potting soil, but I would like to make sure they are not slugs or snails eggs. It would be interesting if they were eggs since I live and an apartment on the second floor. That is some serious determination to climb the wall and lay eggs in my garden! I am new to gardening and were given seeds as a gift and any help on what they are is appreciated!
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Sep 1, 2016 11:31 AM CST
They do look like slow release fertilizer or moisture retention pellets but I'm not an expert. Have you tried squishing one?
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DaisyI
Sep 1, 2016 11:42 AM CST
Welcome!

They look like slow release fertilizer to me also.
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Zencat
Sep 1, 2016 11:43 AM CST
Also, is that cilantro in the last pic?
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DaisyI
Sep 1, 2016 11:49 AM CST
It looks like Cilantro.

ILoveToDIY31
Sep 1, 2016 6:52 PM CST
Sorry for the late response, it is cilantro Big Grin
I'm afraid to squish one, afraid there might actually be something in there, when I looked online for the egg examples most of them were either strung together or at least stuck together, mine appear to be scattered about the garden.
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Zencat
Sep 1, 2016 8:41 PM CST
I really don't think they're eggs.
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plantmanager
Sep 1, 2016 9:45 PM CST
Zencat said:I really don't think they're eggs.

I agree Pretty sure they're slow release fertilizer. I got faked out long ago by those little things!

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Weedwhacker
Sep 1, 2016 9:45 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @ILoveToDIY31 !

I agree that they are most likely little fertilizer "pearls." Smiling
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