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24/08/2013 at 12:16

Whoa, Mags!

Listen to Dove. salt will kill both slugs and your  plants. 

You need slugs in a compost heap. They make compost.

12/04/2014 at 11:38

Use organic Nemaslug if you really want to get rid of them. What about snails. My compost bin is full of them too. But the thought that while they are in there, they are not on the allotment. 

09/06/2014 at 18:49

For the last few years, slugs have waged war in my garden.  The last straw was when they ate the THIRD lot of green beans I had planted - in a week!  I'd tried everything..copper wire, crushed eggshells, coffee grounds, beer traps, crushed nutshells...everything I could think of! No use whatsoever.  Then I started laying traps for them.  I've got to know my enemy - when they come out, what they like to eat, where to find them, so I put down little gifts of food for them, put a black (has to be black) microwave dish down over the top and wait....hehehe.  I also discovered they have an extremely strong homing instinct, so I send them on a permanent holiday via the green rubbish bin down to the tip!

09/09/2014 at 01:17

slugs are like midgies every time you kill one ten or more come to the funeral rather depressing 

15/09/2014 at 22:34

I've been waging war on the slimy things for a few years now. I periodically patrol the garden wearing rubber gloves and carrying a plastic bag with no holes (this is important - they can get out through a very small hole). It is particularly useful to do this either at dusk or after rain when the slugs are out in force. I,too, know their favourite haunts. I drop them into the bag and, at the end of the patrol, tie up the bag and drop it into the dust bin. I doubt whether it is possible to get rid of them altogether, (this year they completely demolished my over-wintered runner beans, my dahlias, and about a dozen young gazanias which I had grown from seed and were respectable plants when they went into the garden) but the enemy numbers have gone down significantly. I would say I collect less in a week than I was gathering on a daily basis just a few years ago. I also realised that when I bought potted plants from any garden centre, I was regularly importing a fresh lot of eggs, if not live slugs, so I now inspect the compost and root ball very carefully. I know all about 'not disturbing the roots', but I reason if I don't let the roots dry out and get the thing planted as quickly as possible it has a better chance than if I leave it to be eaten away!

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