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    Ian
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        Have any of you keen gardeners out there grown Raspberries, Parsnips and Broccoli ; I would welcome tips please for successful growing here on Apokoronas.
        I am currently growing Broccoli but snails and slugs are eating them faster than they are growing despite spreading ashes, coffee grounds, crushed eggshells and copper sulphate; any success stories for defeating these blighters?
        Spinach, leeks and endive are happily resisting them!

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            Ian,

            I see from your comments you go for natural solutions to your slug and snail problem.

            Some thoughts on other ideas –

            Seashells: You are at Apokoronas, close to the sea so may I suggest a trip to a local beach where there may be shells. Scoop up washed up shells. If necessary, crush down the shells into fine remnants, even down to powered form and scatter round the base of plants. Slugs and snails do not like the roughness as they glide over. 

            Seaweed : While at the beach look for any seaweed. I know around Crete beaches we do not see a lot such as one does on the Irish and Scottish Atlantic coasts but the stuff naturally repels the slugs. At the same time of course, seaweed is a great nutrient.

            I read somewhere that even adjusting watering times helps keep down the slugs and snails population. As the creatures come out in the evening mostly and like damp conditions give thought to morning watering or at least in a way that soil in the evening/night is not wet/damp.

            Any help?

            Gerald
            Edited:spelling correction

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            Ian
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                Thanks Gerald,
                Funny, I was at GP yesterday, tons of seaweed on the beach there; actually walking in the stuff! Could have picked up some if I’d known then, never mind as Arnie said ”I’ll be back”! Plenty of almost powdered shells there also.
                Ian

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                    Seaweed is naturally salty and will repel slugs and snails. However, if you are going to use it as fertiliser or mulch you should wash the salt off and let the stuff rot down for a year.

                    I grew Broccoli early this year, together with cabbage and lettuce. The latter turned out to be sacrificial lettuce, as the snails preferred it to the broccoli!

                    I planted peas a month ago but the plants have all been eaten. I should have surrounded them with lettuce.

                    Slug pellets do work but my friend – a keen gardener – prefers to go out each evening with a torch and pick off the slugs and snails.

                    I had a raised garden bed made of concrete. With hindsight, I should have had it made with a moat to drown the blighters! As a fallback solution, I think I’ll dig a groove and put plastic guttering in it, filled with sharp stuff.

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                        Thanks Kefalas
                        Seawood comment noted and appreciated.

                        Do the night and dawn patrol, crush the mini snails by hand, yuk, and hurl the big ‘uns over the wall onto wasteland!
                        My broccoli is hanging on and florets starting to appear despite my snails preferring this to nearby lettuce( endive actually)!

                        Moat eh! there’s a thought, one could develop siege mentality!

                        ian

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                            They sell it all at the market much less stressful guys! ;) :)

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                                you miss the point Fowles, creativity and relaxation are all the fun of gardening.
                                Anyway at which market can you get fresh raspberries in season?
                                I’ve seen parsnips for sale occasionally in Pear tree, Almyrida and Greengibbles shop in Litsarda, but still want the challenge of growing my own, if possible, for which I’ve had no answers yet!
                                Ian

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                                    Do you know snails have homing instincts?

                                    Ian, I thought you may wish to tone up your arm muscles for a longer throw after reading your comment –
                                    "…and hurl the big ‘uns over the wall onto wasteland!"

                                    How far to throw? 20 metres according to a fun article in the Guardian with serious and interesting other overtones: like how to avoid gardener wars with your neighbours over slugs and snails

                                    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/16/snails-homing-instinct-overcome-move-20-metres-away

                                    ;) ;) ;) ;)

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                                        I did meet someone who was growing parsnips here. I forget who it was but he said it wasn’t easy.

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                                            6C7A69797A7962727A751B0 wrote: you miss the point Fowles,

                                            On the contrary Ian you miss my point, it’s called humour! Remember?

                                            It’s something I always laugh about with my neighbor who spends every weekend hunting the estimated 1 rabbit on our hillside! I tell him to try Hailkiadakis, they sell them – he laughs and sees the funny side of that remark.

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                                                Hi Ian,
                                                Last year I put some parsnip seeds in (Drapanos) and totally forgot I had planted them as they take a long time to germinate…they were near tomato plants which received regular water. When I pulled up the old tomato plants I discovered what would have been several good sized (if not knobbly) parsnips !!! I have read it may be best to grow them in a large pot or even an old kitchen roll tube too !! Good luck. !! Jane 8-)
                                                P.S The greengrocer opposite the laundry in Kalyves now sell swede etc..even fresh horseradish root !!!

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