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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:58 am    Post subject: Best solution for slugs? Reply with quote

Hi,

Just looking for peoples experiences of the best solution for slugs -

Sacrificial border plants
Pond
Copper band
Electric slug fence
Organic pellets
etc

What have people had success with and which were a waste of time?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have open fires or a wood stove, putting a ring of soot round plants is a good deterrent. They'll also go for a saucer of beer - and drown.

A 10 kilo bag of salt will cost less than 10 in a farmers' co-op. A quick stroll round the garden, sprinkling a few grains on each slug will kill them ..... or a tame hedgehog will do the job.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Salt. You will enjoy watching them die.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the tame hedgehog idea - we used to have a few wild ones around but the numbers seem to have dropped in the last few years.

Duck would prob do too much damage to plants?

Will try the soot and see how it goes

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm after some more research seems soot can have carcinogenics so would advise against using around edible crops but I have read bran can be a good solution.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was a kid, our local chimney sweep would routinely put left over soot on his garden and, over time, his soil got darker and darker to the stage where his plot would produce crops slightly earlier than everyone else. The reason for this was that, in a mainly clay area of light coloured soil, instead of reflecting the sun's warmth, his soil absorbed it and was therefore warmer. Admittedly, soot needs to 'weather' before use but we'd also put soot in an old metal bin and fill it with water to use as a nutrient for the garden.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ash / soot from untreated timber I am sure is probably fine but from waste, solid fuels, or painted / treated timber - it may have toxic elements remaining so best to avoid for organic edible crops anyway.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sulphate of ammonia powder spread over ground drys them out and they die.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi thanks, ammonium sulfate is inorganic salt - chemical fertilizer - but prob equally as effective as salt - but again no good for organic gardening. Decided to give the bran or cornmeal a try to coax them into a death by gluttony Smile. Although my slug numbers do seem to have dropped very recently but that may be due to the emergence of frogs? Saw one yesterday near my patch - good froggy Smile.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it is an organic solution this might do....it is something i am going to try....but as you say i see lrss slugs now as there are more frogs about

https://www.fruithillfarm.com/protect-your-plants/sprays-pellets-and-traps/slug-and-snail-pellets.html
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi yes I think I will be given sluggo a go as well. I have heard it is fairly good. Being using garlic spray for my basil (in glass house) which has been somewhat effective as well for slugs and bugs. See less damage since I started with it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nematodes from Mr. Middleton. A natural organism that clears slugs. Ive tried it. It works
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Thanks, expensive enough @ 33 per 100m2 every 6 weeks. Did you reapply it every six weeks or just do it the once?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may be worthwhile shopping around on the net. Mr M is not noted for being competitively priced?
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