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03/05/2013 at 10:20

Hello all my lovely gardening folks.

I've tried everything. nematodes pellets beer the lot. 

last year my garden was destroyed by slugs. My lovingly nurtured dahlias were eaten to the ground in one night. No delphiniums survived. Green brands disappeared while I was at work one day. In short I came to a point of deciding to give up gardening.....I actually cried over the dahlias....and I don't cry very often. This year I have decided to have one more go. 

I have compiled a list of plants slugs don't like. I have bought hardy geraniums, nepeta, salvia, astrantias, sangiusorba and penstemons, lavender, poppies, etc etc daisies.... I have over 50 very small tender plants to plant out today ; )))) 

dont know why I'm sharing this, just want to let someone know.

Pray for me....

03/05/2013 at 10:30

You're current list of plants looks much more slug proof Rc. Don't give up, just get tough stuff, make a different sort of garden.

03/05/2013 at 11:25

Killing slugs is very satisfying.  I didn't realise how satisfying until I started gardening, I thought gardening was a restful pastime (and it is by and large), but you get garden envy, and a pathological urge to kill slugs and snails (or is that just me?).  Barriers are very good, they don't like getting their tummies lacerated by gravel, it does need to be quite a wide barrier though as some of them will arch over it if they can to get to tasty plants.  My weeding knife is never very far away, and I chop them in half whenever I come across them.  One thing that has been recommended on here is a length of guttering upside down (making a nice dark cool place for slugs to shelter during the daytime), pop outside before you go to work, and either scrape them off into a bucket of salty water, or chop in half and leave as a buffet for the birds.

Don't give up on your dahlias.  Get a nice big pot, copper tape around the bottom and top, may have to put a double ring around it if you've got mahoosive slugs, it gives them a nasty electric shock (something to do with a reaction between copper and their slime), and stand the pots on a wide, deep bed of the scratchiest gravel you can find, that should help.

This is a great place to share gardening triumphs and tragedies, slug threads always get quite lively, after all, where slugs are concerned, it is WAR!

KBO.

03/05/2013 at 11:26

There are things you can do.   Start early on St Valentine's Day (because it's easy to remember) or as soon as any snwo clears and scatter wildlife friendly slug pellets thinly over your borders.  These will get the first slugs to emerge from hibernation and also any new hatchllings.  Repeat the scatterings every two weeks or after heavy rain to get the next lot and stop them all breeding and feeding.

Once plants like hostas and dahlias emerge, use a garlic spray to deter slugs and keep up the regular scatterings of pellets.    This advice comes from a hosta nursery owner so should be good.

Garlic spray for hostas and other susceptible plants and seedlings

 

2 Bulbs Garlic
2 Pints Water

Instructions

Crush 2 bulbs of garlic
Steam or boil in 2 pints of water for 3 to 4 minutes until blanched
Strain mixture and make back up to 2 pints
Leave to cool


When ready to use, mix one tablespoon into a gallon (3.8 litres) of water. Sprinkle on to leaves in late afternoon (in dry weather). Reapply every two weeks.

 

03/05/2013 at 15:47

Halcyon is a really nice slug proof hosta.

Just to echo the previous post, the garlic spray is excellent and really works.  I always reapply after heavy rain.  Just try not to spill it on yourself, the smells a bugger to get rid of.  Coffee grounds are also very good on the ground around the plant but why not do both!

03/05/2013 at 16:24

Talking of slugs...  I remember my first introduction to gardening when i was six or seven.My mother would send me out with a tub of salt,specially after rain.Happy days

03/05/2013 at 17:34

...I'm afraid I'm just the opposite to some in that I don't kill anything in the garden, knowingly... greenfly, slugs the lot... however living next to barren land it's quite easy for me to throw slugs and snails over the fence as no one lives over there and they must recover from that trauma...  I never use chemicals of any sort and prefer to grow plants that can withstand any attacks.   I tend to go slug hunting about 10pm or so, scoop them up and over they go...

...is anyone else like that..? or are we a rarity in this day and age...

03/05/2013 at 17:44

Rather than coffee grounds try spraying with coffee. Non-decaf though as it's the caffeine that kills them. Not an approved pesticide though so regard it as a foliar feed..

03/05/2013 at 17:45

No you're not alone Salino.Snails take a short flight onto the grass the other side of my garden wall. No doubt they come straight back but i have the satisfaction of making them use a detour to get to my plants and any small slugs i rely on the frogs and hedgehogs to keep in check.There's been a few times i've had to put up with lace Hostas but it's worth it 

03/05/2013 at 22:33

Pellets are the only thing for me, and I grow loads of hostas (in pots) and dahlias. I also have a garden full of birds.

04/05/2013 at 17:45

Hi Rampanr climber.

About three years ago, we had loads of slugs, snails in our family garden.

I tried to get rid of slugs,snails for ages and in my experience throwing them over the fence does not work,as they keep coming back.

I don't use poisons,

So what i did was get an ice cream tub, put it on the path and fill with boiling kettle water, used a poop scoop to scoop the slugs up and dropped them in,(snails just pick them up by their shells) leave the tub until cool anuff to pick up.

Then i looked around the garden for a bare plot, dug a deep hole 2ft wide,2ft to 3ft deep, just empted the tub into the hole and put anuff soil back in the hole to cover them up.I did the ice cream tub thing, covering them up with abit of soil everyday for aweek,then planted a nice shub on top.

Never had much trouble with them again since.

It saved bagging them up and helping the already over filled landfill sites.

Now i know alot of people may think that i'm barbaric,evil, everthing else under the sun and everbody is entitled to their own opinion.

But just to let people know, i have a dog that i love with all my heart and he is getting on now and i don't want him to get lung worm.

I also lost hundreds of plants.

I hope this helps .

 

04/05/2013 at 18:02

...as long as your conscious is clear... I couldn't begin to do a thing like that... but it's not for me to be judge and jury, I just think that everything has a right to live if it's not attempting to kill me... and whatever wants to live in my garden, well, I just have to adapt to it....  the thought of killing one horrifies me to be honest, and I wouldn't want a garden without them - they have their place.... so I just protect plants that they seem especially fond of, by dispersing them temporarily.... so the plant has time to recover...and grow...

04/05/2013 at 19:24
once a week sweep a small part of the beech car park, take the sand to allotment,spread around the base of the raised beds,in the raised beds use the up turned gutter tunnel and jam jar way,its working a treat,cheap builders sand and cheap cooking salt also works, they don't like it,rains a pain though.
04/05/2013 at 20:00

...conscience is clear I meant...lol.. we all hope to be conscious...

04/05/2013 at 20:52

My dog is healthy, happy and thats all that matters.

Thankyou, Salino

04/05/2013 at 22:45

just a suggestion, but last year i started using seers volcanic rock dust, to replace trace elements lost over time...   i just use it as a top dressing and the worms do the rest, my soil had never been better...

but it was not until half way through the year that i noticed that i only had about a 5th of the number of slugs and snails compared to other years...   this might of been a one off, but i'm still happy to try again

04/05/2013 at 23:08

oh god, poor you! 

funny the nematodes didn't work - did you do it all to the letter? it's just they work really well for several people i know...

good luck.

04/05/2013 at 23:41

IIn have a big slug population they love my garden so I changed all my plants to slug proof and it looks fab. I don't use pellets cause I have dogs and a visiting hedgehog , plus frogs. I grow hostas in raised chimney pots with bark around the base seems to work 

27/05/2013 at 09:08

What a wonderful thread with so many great messages. So far so good. I have not had to kill a single slug this year as my borders are now bursting with happy healthy Astrantias, geraniums and penstemons, salvias, catmint, roses and my favourite plant of all...lavender. It is looking classy and very English. Hedgehog family are thriving too. Now I am very cautiously going to plant climbing beans out....

27/05/2013 at 09:32

Hi My solution is very simple and has proved to be effective. At between 2300 - 2330 every evening (especially if it has been a warm/wet day and the tempreature stays warm) I go out into the garden with a torch. The more powerful the better.

You will see slugs and slug trails which will enevitably lead you to the offender/s. Pick them up and and pop them into a container filled with heavily salted water. This will kill the slugs. Snails on the other hand heed to be crushed. Don't know why but they seem to be able to survive for over two hours in salt water and in that time the slime their way up the side of the container and escape.

The following morning tip away the salt water and if you put the slugs in an area accessible then sometimes the birds will eat them. Good luck and good hunting. 

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