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Sullivan County, NY
josephny
May 29, 2020 6:58 AM CST
I just put these bok choy plants in my garden several days ago and they're already being eaten.

Can anyone help me ID what's going on and recommend what I can do about it?

Thank you,

Joseph
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
May 29, 2020 7:03 AM CST
Slugs!

You can use Sluggo or any slug bait that won't hurt the birds. Some people use coffee grounds to deter them, or beer baits.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 29, 2020 7:12 AM CST
DE works well. You had the answer to your question clinging to the leaf in the pic! Or you can put out a shallow saucer of beer at night. They will drown in it.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
May 29, 2020 7:31 AM CST
those holes look like my chard.... I really don't expect too much from my cool season crops after the temps change... so... if those were at my house, I'd turn them under to make room for a summer planting.

I see the slugs, but would avoid poisoning my food.

chickens love slugs... I'd hand pick them.

Of course, beer in a covered saucer works too... and the chickens wouldn't mind the beer flavoring.

I've read that just a bit of yeast in a bowl of water works too... haven't tried it... don't really get slugs here in the sandhills... too dry.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 29, 2020 7:41 AM CST
My problem with handpicking is the way they feel. I did put salt on one once, I won't do that again.
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Name: stone
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stone
May 29, 2020 7:43 AM CST
Yup, it takes repeated exposure to conquer feelings of ickyness.

you know, some people have garden gloves...
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 29, 2020 7:46 AM CST
Stone, Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing yeah, I have several pair. Luckily I don't have them in my garden.
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Sullivan County, NY
josephny
May 29, 2020 7:49 AM CST
Wow!

You are all so wonderful!

I did see the slug but didn't know that that is what was eating the leaves.

We are in the Catskill mountains, where it's almost always cold weather crop time.

Not sure I'm keen on sharing my beer with slugs (;-) Is it as effective as Sluggo?

Is Sluggo at all dangerous to my food?

Thank you!
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 29, 2020 8:00 AM CST
I'm sorry, I've never used Sluggo, so I can't comment on it. I have used beer and DE, which stands for diatemacious earth, which I just horribly mis spelled. They both work well.
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 29, 2020 8:19 AM CST
DE has to be reapplied after every rain, or if you hand water the plants.

The saucer of beer can attract slugs but then there's the ugly clean-up the next day. It's one way to lose your breakfast!

Sluggo can be used around vegetables, berries, fruit trees, etc.

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Sullivan County, NY
josephny
May 31, 2020 5:04 AM CST

I applied sluggo (and ordered more).

Thank you all again!

BTW, I'm in the Catskill Mountains of NY (Sullivan County) and a complete novice (which has unfortunately been my status for quite a few years). I made a couple of vegetable garden plots of about 2500 sq ft each that (hopefully) grow tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, bok choy, sugar snap peans, pole and bush beans and several other veggies for my family's (and friend's) consumption.

I also planted a fruit tree orchard a few years ago with apple, pear, peach and plum trees.

The land (I think) is quite acidic and heavily clay (thousands of wild blueberry bushes that produce far more than we can pick leads to conclude about the acidity and digging and lack of drainage showed me the clay).

Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 31, 2020 7:43 AM CST
Welcome! It sounds like you're not quite the novice you say you are. That's a lot of space for veggies. Yore determining your acidic soil by the good condition of the wild blueberries was spot on. And finding out about the clay soil by noticing the draining, or lack of. I'm thinking being a gardener is like being a detective of sorts, we investigate our problems. I tip my hat to you.
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