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  • Who's eating my broccoli leaves?

    Hello,

    I'm new to growing things but have planted some broccoli.

    However I have discovered that the leaves are bing eaten by something. I can't see any trace of slugs or snails and theres no sign of catapillars on the leaves.

    Any suggestions as to who's having a munch and how to stop them!

    Last edited by Graham_UK; 22-05-2011, 04:22 PM.

  • #2
    Could be pigeons - they love broccoli and all plants like that - better off if they are netted over! Good luck!
    http://meandtwoveg.blogspot.com

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    • #3
      Yes, I'd also recommend netting with a mesh size of maybe 8mm or less, so that once the butterflies come out in numbers they are kept off as well.

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      • #4
        Pictures would be good, if possible, so we can see the damage. Birds and slugs/snails leave very different evidence of their munching.

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        • #5
          Thanks for your help. I've added a photo above.

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          • #6
            Snails or slugs is my bet. Birds don't leave nice round edges.

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            • #7
              I'd go with slug or snail too. I've only just potted into small pots so looks like yours are well ahead!

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              • #8
                Definitely slugs and snails, they are a blooming nuisance, they've even managed to get into my little stayput's top shelf. Superslugs.
                Granny on the Game

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                • #9
                  I think you've got slugs, snails and pigeons. Great big chunks ripped out indicates pigeons
                  All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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                  • #10
                    Thank you for all your replys.

                    .. I will put some pellets down for the slugs and snails and put a net over the top to stop any pigeons.

                    Out of interest do badgers or foxes eat veg like broccoli?

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                    • #11
                      No, badgers like sweetcorn and foxies prefer KFC buckets
                      All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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