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New seedlings eaten in greenhouse

I have sown a variety of seeds in our greenhouse and the lettuce & cucumbers have been eaten, sweetcorn nibbled at. All plants are high up, not close to walls on a gravely type surface. What would eat them & how do I stop them?

Thank you!


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,227

    Snails I think.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    I agree, check under the trays.  If you can't find anything, a midnight trip with a torch usually catches them red-handed.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Missy KrissyMissy Krissy Posts: 249

    How secure is your greenhouse? We have a mouse issue in ours, they have been a total pain in the posterior! image  We do however live rurally and have multiple holes in our greenhouse... To say it's not secure is an understatement!!

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,379

    Like Krissy, we can't keep the mice out of ours - try balancing the seed trays on upturned pots, so that there is a bit of an overhang - think "saddle stones" - mice can climb up verticals, but can't manage upside down.

    or you can go all Heath Robinson and create a mouse baffler image


  • Missy KrissyMissy Krissy Posts: 249

    image  Chicky that is pure genius! I'm soooooo stealing this idea!!

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,379

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  • nhoopernhooper Posts: 2

    Thank you all for your responses & help. Greenhouse is not secure, only recently moved in, there are a few broken panes but was so excited to have a go at seeds (haven't tried before) . We are very rural so will definitelytry the upturned pots! 

    Thanks again!

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