1. Photo Competition
    MAY'S PHOTO COMPETITION IS OPEN!

    The theme this month is "Made it through the winter" so get your best falsetto voices ready and show us what has been Stayin' Alive

    Please Click Here!

Dwarf beans eaten over night. Help?

Discussion in 'Pests, Diseases and Cures' started by VeggieNovice, May 12, 2022.

  1. VeggieNovice

    VeggieNovice Apprentice Gardener

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2022
    Messages:
    6
    Gender:
    Female
    Ratings:
    +9
    Hi all

    I'm a new gardener and so could do with some advice please.

    I had dwarf french beans in the ground. They were netted and checked all the time for aphids and so on. Woke up to bare 1 inch stems. No idea what's had them. No trails from slugs. Cannot see any caterpillars. There were no aphids from what I've been seeing. I'm at a loss.

    I've become a little obsessed with checking all of my plants every morning and every evening for aphids and slugs, snails and so on. I've planted a few companion plants around the garden to try to help with the pests. I also have a pollinator area with quite a few different plants to attract good critters in the hopes they'd be my saving grace however those plants are all still small and many haven't flowered yet so not getting the full benefits yet.

    Has anybody encountered this before and how did you deal with it? What could be the culprit. Difficult to tell as there aren't even any leaves to see how they've been munched.
    How do you deal with pests in general?
    I don't want to use chemical as we want to eat our harvest but also I don't want to upset nature.

    Thanks
     
  2. pete

    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2005
    Messages:
    37,996
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Mid Kent
    Ratings:
    +57,087
    My bet would be slugs and snails especially if you have just had a drop of rain and the soil surface is wet.
    They don't tend to leave trails when it's very damp.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
    • Informative Informative x 1
    • Black Dog

      Black Dog Gardener of useful things

      Joined:
      Feb 4, 2021
      Messages:
      508
      Gender:
      Male
      Occupation:
      It's a secret
      Location:
      Germany (Emsland, Zone 8b)
      Ratings:
      +977
      Definitely Slugs. Snails are normally better behaved. They nibble but don't eat everything in their path.

      Rain attracts them, whereas dry and rough soil keeps them at bay.
       
      • Agree Agree x 2
      • Informative Informative x 1
      • groundbeetle

        groundbeetle Gardener

        Joined:
        Jun 23, 2021
        Messages:
        151
        Gender:
        Female
        Ratings:
        +214
        My first attempt at a slug trap, I had a look at it today having put it down a few days ago. A 500 gram flat, shallow shaped (Fage) yogurt pot filled about two thirds full with half water and half stale Peroni. I found two slugs in it, drowned and completely dead.

        I also today found a Salvia splendens "Blaze of Fire" seedling I have been nurturing for a couple of months, had about eight leaves on it, and something has been eating it, probably slugs. I did also add a few ferrous phosphate slug pellets today. It rained yesterday, so that is probably when the Salvia seedling got eaten by slugs.

        I had read about beer traps for slugs but never tried one before, as I don't usually have beer around. Slugs do seem perfectly capable of climbing into a 500 gram Fage yogurt pot two thirds filled with beer and water, and drowning.
         
        • Like Like x 1
          Last edited: May 13, 2022
        • shiney

          shiney President, Grumpy Old Men's Club Staff Member

          Joined:
          Jul 3, 2006
          Messages:
          54,130
          Gender:
          Male
          Occupation:
          Retired - Last Century!!!
          Location:
          Herts/Essex border. Zone 8b
          Ratings:
          +100,800
          We used to use slug pubs. Beer is by far the best attractor for them as it's the yeast in the beer that draws them in.

          We don't get too much problem with them in our garden as we are in a very dry area of the country but in wet periods we used to be bothered by slugs. Slug pubs helped considerably but we used to bury the pubs in the soil with just the rims above the surface. This made them more accessible.

          Another good way of getting rid of slugs is 'slug patrol' on damp evenings. Slugs love damp and wet conditions and tend to go to work overnight. At the time when dusk is turning to night is their busiest commuting time so you need a container, a torch and a large leaf if you have one. You can start patrol on the lawn when there is only just about enough light to see unaided and progress to the flower beds later. The slugs usually start their parties on the lawns and progress to the plants.

          How you dispose of them is up to you but the fairly common way is to drop them into a container that has salt water in it.

          This is an interesting article from Slovakia

          The Slug Pub - The Permaculture Research Institute
           
          • Like Like x 1
          • Black Dog

            Black Dog Gardener of useful things

            Joined:
            Feb 4, 2021
            Messages:
            508
            Gender:
            Male
            Occupation:
            It's a secret
            Location:
            Germany (Emsland, Zone 8b)
            Ratings:
            +977
            True, but they also attract every slug in the neighborhood if the wind is right. So for every slug you catch, you can be sure there are three others already on their way. And long journeys make them hungry, so they stop from time to time and eat what's available. That's why I don't use them. There's already enough of them without hanging a sign "free beer" on the outside of my garden
             
            • Funny Funny x 2
            • Like Like x 1
            • shiney

              shiney President, Grumpy Old Men's Club Staff Member

              Joined:
              Jul 3, 2006
              Messages:
              54,130
              Gender:
              Male
              Occupation:
              Retired - Last Century!!!
              Location:
              Herts/Essex border. Zone 8b
              Ratings:
              +100,800
              Put the slug pubs in your neighbours' gardens. :ideaIPB:
               
              • Funny Funny x 3
              • infradig

                infradig Apprentice Gardener

                Joined:
                Apr 28, 2022
                Messages:
                12
                Gender:
                Male
                Ratings:
                +18
                Remember to tread lightly upon the leopard slug, Limax maximus, for they are (generally) on our side. See the glowing testamonial from Peter Thompson of the Game &Wildlife Conservation Trust-
                February - Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
                 
                • Like Like x 1
                Loading...

                Share This Page

                1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
                  By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
                  Dismiss Notice