A Shocking Experiment

We’ve been having a lot of fun growing radishes for the first time this year.

We've been enjoying these spicy little vegetables.

After the first hard rain we noticed someone or something had been snacking on our radishes while they were still in the dirt.

These radishes would have been beauties except for the missing bits.

We determined the culprit or culprits were big ugly slugs because I caught one in the act of decimating¬†a radish. (Unfortunately he was camera shy¬†so I didn’t get his mug shot.)

Charlie stapled copper wire extracted from old electric cord onto the frame of the raised bed.

I had heard or read that if you put a copper wire around a crop that slugs like they won’t cross the wire because it gives them a shock.

The wire runs the entire perimeter of the square.

We certainly hope that’s right because we planted another square of 256 radishes and we prefer them without gnaw marks.

A 4-foot by 4-foot raised bed of radishes.

We’ll let you know if the experiment works.

Have you done anything shocking lately?

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2 responses to “A Shocking Experiment

  1. Hello there, just last week I posted about radishes. I would say they are “Root Maggots”, they look like slugs in a way. There are only 2 ways that I have read of to handle root maggots. 1) “Rove Beetles” can be introduced to the garden, 2) Diatomaceous Soil can be worked into the soil, it kills them naturally. Here is a link back to my post if you need it!
    http://theredeemedgardener.blogspot.com/2012/04/harvested-radishes.html

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