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02/06/2013 at 08:07

Good morning everyone from a sunny  Essex ,suddenly I am overrun by SLUGS, tried Pellets ,two different types, but they seem to like them ,  grit round plants , Bird cage grit ,oyster shell grit,  they have munched on my Brocolli ,my purple brussels , But do not like pak choi ,   now after my dahlia ,  has anyone heard of putting cat litter down (un used of course ) this was recomended but I am not sure ????? any suggestions please .

02/06/2013 at 09:18

i have had a the same problem my cabbage, brocolli and lettuce have all gone. iven put salt granules arounf the plant and that did not deter them either..

02/06/2013 at 09:25

I've found garlic wash and coffee grindings work best - though not 100%. The one attached, War Paint, spent it's first 2 yers emerging and immediately getting eaten. Last year I put coffee grindings round the base and watered with a garlic wash. Result!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/24584.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 

02/06/2013 at 12:48

Thanks will try that ,I don't drink coffee but will make some special for them and got garlic so will give a go , try any thing , keeping other brussels in pots till they are tall.  

02/06/2013 at 12:51

 Containers (glass/cup/small bowl) sunk into the garden to the rim then filled half way with beer will get most of the slugs/snails.

Bill

02/06/2013 at 16:27

When you say garlic wash. means garlic to be boiled and use the water when it is cool....

I have tried garlic peel for ghents in my house plant and it has worked the treat....

 

02/06/2013 at 20:22

Do you eat eggs ? I used to put crushed egg shells around hosta's - but first dry them off by putting at the bottom of your ovan . They crush easier too . I have also a holly tree ,The ones under this dont get attacked as the leaves drop quite ofton , they dry so I assume they dont like the prickles !

02/06/2013 at 20:39

Yes Preksha, boil up a few cloves of garlic, let it cool, sieve out the garlic and store it. It will store the whole season. You only need a small amount to a gallon of water. Here's a recipe from Bowdens - who know a thing or two about hostas. I also water this onto brassicas and any other thing those dastardly slugs eat:

https://www.bowdenhostas.com/pages/Garlic-Wash-Recipe.html

Hilarious as it was watching the slugs mating on Springwatch (I'd finished dinner), they're still my most unfavourite garden creature

 

 

KEF
02/06/2013 at 20:52

I put pistachio nut shells around hostas in a big bed. Slugs don't like texture or salt. In small area I've managed to encase fav hostas with old copper pipe, no chomps yet.

02/06/2013 at 21:06

Thank you one and all lots of suggestions gonna try all of them , and see what happens , will try each one in different place to see what works best for me

02/06/2013 at 21:19

That's a good idea witch, you must report back on the results, though for a true scientific test they should all be the same variety. I have a few Hostas and I've noticed some are more prone to slug damage than others

02/06/2013 at 22:03

O K will do, good night all  

02/06/2013 at 22:35

I am trying Nemaslug and also have jam jars full of salt water to drop the little blighters in. Don't like to do it but needs must!!

03/06/2013 at 10:11

The only long lasting and safe method for slug control is the slugbell....google it .

03/06/2013 at 10:52

Great suggestions in this thread.  I had slug infestation in my herb pot last autumn to a point they were even climbing into my partners ashtray and just last week I found a dried up slug on the welcome mat! 

I'm surprised to hear salt didn't work as we put salt around the edges of the balcony and it seemed to have reduced them.

03/06/2013 at 11:24

Yes great help , going to look up slug bell , how many would you need ,how far apart ,would they need to go

03/06/2013 at 11:35

Hi Witch sorry to call you that !!!  in an average garden you need around three as you can  easly move them around , they cover an area of around 8 ft radius and are made out of metal so they will be around for a long long time ,after around five days as recommended you just move them to other parts of your garden,so simple and they protect pets and wild life too. the complete solution for our weather. and as a gardener I was feed up with  slugs eating my hard work away !!!!! so I came up with this Invention.thank you

03/06/2013 at 11:44

Thank you will get some ,no problem with witch , you would think I could cast a few spells to help me ,but my powers seem to be on the wane,even my toads are letting me down.  Tell me is this your invention then ??  

03/06/2013 at 13:25

Hi Again Witch  and yes you are talking to the Inventor of this and other garden tools I have invented to make life easier , and I also have a very nice letter from HRH Prince Charles  and how delighted he is  with  my invention thats at HighGrove...!!! Protecting his Hostas..

All the thousands of people that have got the slugbell ..Love it.and thank you for your interest .

 

Michael

03/06/2013 at 18:37

Right that good enough for me , well done that man.

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