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dealing with snails organically, maybe


 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:35 pm    Post subject: dealing with snails organically, maybe Reply with quote

Hi all I am new to this, but not new to gardening, just love it. I have just come up with an idea to keep slugs of my veg, and so far it is working, but it is early days, but right now my veg are looking good. This is my first year to grow veg. I am a novice, but a fast learner. looking forward to checking in with you guys.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what's the technique you're using?
the old 'flashlight and a bowl of beer' trick is beginning to get a bit tedious.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to Irish Gardeners.

what is the new way of keeping slug out?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Soooo.....??? Shocked What is it???

I'm running out of batteries for my torch and getting very tired to be out in the garden until 1am. Also the grit/egg shells tip doesn't work, the beer traps only get so many, the citrus halves don't always work, the copper strips can't be put around every single plant and my echinaceas, dalias and phloxes are being dissimated!!!! Mad i haven't even put my new annuals (sunflowers, cosmos marygolds) out of the green house fearing the worse... Crying or Very sad

PLEASE TELL US WHAT IT IS, PLEAAASE!!! Smile...

oh, and welcome by the way!! Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi Roger you are the first to welcome me appreciated thank you. I am sorry if I sort of led you astray a bit, I am just trying somthing that suits me, which involves re-cycling will keep working on this, but as I work full time and need to wait a while longer to see if what suits me continues to work and I promise you will be the first to, but it will not be rocket science, may look untidy, and involve some work, would not bother to try this on flowers, but veg can look a bit untidy, so long as they reach the table in good nick. cheers
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Brid

And welcome too.

You cant keep us in suspense like this. Most of us realise a functioning garden has to be a bit untidy sometimes for the good of the bugs etc.

If it works on the slugs etc,(even just to slow them down a bit) we would probably all be happy to try it, I just lost my 3 batch of lettuce after all the heavy rain, and am wondering should i grow it inside, just so i can have some.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all,

What am I doing about my slugs/snails, well this is it, and be warned my idea is only in its infancy, only thought of it last week, Ready, I use those awful cordyline leaves (that wont' break down in my compost bin, and fill up my refuse bin. I experiment with rubbing oil and sea salt on some, and nothing at all on others. I just enwiine them around my plants sort of pressing them into the soil , only takes a few minutes, and I really believe these creatures do not like them. So thats it maybe you tried this before, let me know, I would love the opinions from ye experienced gardeners. Oh I intend to keep working with these leaves, nothing to loose, they are only a nuisance anyhow. My friend a very keen gardener, knows her stuff is in her garden right now putting them around her hostas, she thinks it will work, hope so. On my lunch break have to dash looking forward to my experiment at the weekend
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds like a great idea. I would guess they are too tough to chew. Hope fully it will work.

Think i might try your idea myself Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never heard of anyone trying that way of stopping
slugs.

"There Must be THIRTEEN Ways To Stop Your Sluggies"
http://www.gardensalive.com/article.asp?ai=627


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Organic slug pellets, only answer. I use them and had no slug problems this year so far. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SG wrote:
Organic slug pellets, only answer. I use them and had no slug problems this year so far. Very Happy


Using them myself as well and they seem to work alright. My first lot of sunflowers were eaten to the ground by slugs before I applied any pellets, but the new ones I planted have more or less survived.

Our garden (>1acre) had quite long wet grass so I guess it's no wonder we have millions of them around the place.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what brand are they? and how do they work?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

medieval knievel wrote:
what brand are they? and how do they work?


Ferramol, made by Fruit Hill Farm (at least their name is on the label) but I got mine from EcoShop, since the postage worked out cheaper for me.

To quote from the label:

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uses natural Iron Oxide as active ingredient.
turns into iron and phosphate in the soil.
does no harm to birds, hedgehogs, bees or other soil organisms. No danger to cats, dogs or other house animals.
rain hardy due to new bait technology.
Ferramol is approved for use in Organic Agri/horticulture (EU 2092/91 - Annex II)


The pellets are a lot smaller than normal slug pellets but expand a bit when wet. They seemed kinda expensive when I got them, but even although I'm spreading them around quite a lot, I've only used half of one of my packs.

Here's a link: (if there's a problem with posting "commercial" links, maybe a moderator can delete it)

Ferramol

It does give me a warm feeling when I go out and see a slug tucking into a hearty meal of a little pellet Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got mine from the organic centre in Co. Leitrim, probable the same stuff, can order online at www.theorganiccentre.ie.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi All,
I find Ferramol work as well and this year they are being stocked by nearly every garden centre and other outlets like Atlantic HC as well which is a relief as it can sometimes be hard to get organic products.
I also used nematodes this year which I got from the Mr Middleton stand at Bloom. They are also available by mail order. Don't know how well they worked but the main problem with slugs is when the plants are young.

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