I have radishes and sunflowers growing together. The sunflowers are about 6"
tall. Something is devouring the radish root where it grows above the soil,
and also something is devouring the sunflower leaves. I've not seen any
insect pests. The weather has been wet and cool. My first guess is slugs,
since we have plenty of them here, and the weather is wet and cool. Will
slugs eat sunflower leaves?
And a romp through google land has not given me any clear ideas about how to
control slugs. copper...chemicals...egg shells...garlic...<shrug>. Anyone
here have some practical experience - something that works - that they would
care to share?
My first guess would be slugs but I've also had problems with mice i
my poly-tunnel, although they can't reach your sunflower leaves..
Check for nibble marks :)
Also check for little black eggs under and at the base of the leaves
could be caterpillars.
Slug pellets? You can buy them in every gardening shop in the country
If you've got kids and dogs around, try and get the non-toxic one
though as they look like little blue sprinkles :D. They're price
enough but they do the job.
Crows are intelligent.
However, we found that a potato hawk worked surprisingly well: A larg
potato with two long feathers, one on each side, hung from a tall pol
so that it hovered above the threatened plants
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