slug eating starts

Asked May 19, 2020, 2:14 AM EDT

Hello, I've planted some plants from seeds, which have grown into starts. I have noticed that the plants have holes and are being eaten by something... today I actually caught a slug in a photo - please see attached. Also, I noticed that some of our seeds (carrots, lettuce) came up and then disappeared... I'm assuming they were eaten by the same slugs. My question: how do I save my plants that already are planted? And since I'm planning to plant some tomato starts and other plants, how to prevent them from being eaten? Thank you! - Gosia (Pictured: plant with slug, sunflower starts grown from seed, bean starts grown from seed).

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Wash the leaves well, and you can eat the slug-nibbled leaves. This article from Oregon Live is based on OSU Extension advice. “How to control slugs before they wreck your garden” https://www.oregonlive.com/hg/2017/05/how_to_control_pesky_slugs_in.html