courgette woes

Git up this morning and the courgette I planted out last week has been eaten.There is a copper ring around it and veggie plot is rabbit proofed.Presume it is a mouse.

Will get another and grow on in pot until a lot larger...is this a good idea??

 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,658

    Oh what bad luck image  

    Slugs are very crafty - is there any way that one could've got to your plant over the copper ring - another plant forming a bridge to a leaf for instance?  

    They got at my delphinium by climbing a taller plant, which weighed it down until it bent down over the delphinium image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Thanks.

    Can't see any leaves close to it or paving slab etc.

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Don't slugs live in the soil some of the time?  In which case...

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,039

    Copper isn't perfect when it comes to deterring slugs.  It helps but determined large ones will still cross it if there's a favourite meal on the other side.  And as Steve alludes to, they can always burrow under the soil to get in..

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    I like a good allude, me.

  • Steve 309 wrote (see)

    Don't slugs live in the soil some of the time?  In which case...

     

    Keel slugs live underground all of the time.....feeding mostly on potatoes.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,039
    David K wrote (see)
    Steve 309 wrote (see)

    Don't slugs live in the soil some of the time?  In which case...

     

    Keel slugs live underground all of the time.....feeding mostly on potatoes.

    Feeding on my potatoes most of the time I reckon! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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