In case you don't like plant munching creepy crawlies or things that sting... this post contains a few, with photos!
Pictured left: primarily slug damage. If you look closely you can see some slime trails on the plant leaves. I try to grow organically; apart from using occasional slug pellets (the need for this I blame on Ireland's rainy conditions where slugs thrive). I also make an effort to do evening walks to de-snail and de-slug the garden (evidenced below).
|Above: Slugs and snails in all shapes and sizes. I've grown to appreciate them, however, they are still a nuisance to my plants!|
|Do you spot something dark on the above nasturtium? I was walking by and did a double take.|
Below: upon closer inspection looks like large butterfly eggs had hatched but hadn't time (yet) to do much damage.
|These were in clear view so I was able to see them and dispose of them.|
However.... these turnips (below) have been devoured by caterpillars - luckily the turnips can still be eaten but the leaves look quite bad.
|Below: caterpillars taken off the turnip plants.|
Now to things that sting...
|To the right of this path is a walled garden with shrubs and various plants. This time of year plants start to need tidying and shrubs need trimmed. I was out with my secateurs and garden shears when...|
|The wasps seem to have a nest right in the middle of this heather shrub (where the whole / opening is)!|
Anyone have any experience with wasps nesting in garden shrubs; or tips on what action to take?
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