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After reading this article some months ago ( that i thought was too good to be true) and other things that members on here have said about slug pellets/slug pubs and night hunting with torches. I thought i would look into the affects that (us) gardeners say and what the manufacturers say. We would all like to be chemical free and we all know that Nematodes give the best results. Obviously there affect on slugs are great and the manufacturers know this and want to keep it to themselves as they want you to buy more. But these Nematodes already exist in the soil you have, so why can't we expand on this, and use them. Why not grow our own!!! As i say i have looked into this both sides and its not for the faint hearted. What i need is volunteers, preferably with two raised beds so we can use one as a control. After that we will just have to wait and see. Please read the article and comments after, but do not get over excited. There is a lot more to it. Or is there?????????????? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningequipment/8675592/The-war-on-slugs-starts-at-home.html
Sorry i got a 's in the title along with a is and i can't change it. Sorry.
Hmm. That's interesting.
I get along quite well with my gastropod collection though so I won't be farming any nemotodes for now - it might set something out of kilter.
Yes, ChrissieB, I can imagine veg growers will have to have some system in place...I don't mean to imply I can grow anything I like without getting chew marks/ things destroyed - that would be a fib- more that the 'pods and I have reached a shaky truce
"Check your traps daily and gather your slimy harvest into a jar. Once you have caught around 10 to 20 slugs..." Good grief! When the numbers I find on my nightly slug patrol got down to 20 'pods, I took that as a sign that my methods are working. I used to get 100 at a time, easily! (Duration of slug patrol is as long as I can hold out against the midges.) If it takes you several days to find 10 slugs, I'd say you don't have a slug problem.A friend told me about breeding nematodes a few years ago - her method included chopping the slugs up - but I'm too squeamish to try it. I can just about cope with stamping on them, which I do. Apart from that, I try to encourage predators. There's a patch I leave unweeded where the frogs live (I thought about making a pond there, but as they've moved in anyway, I probably won't bother), I see more and more centipedes, and there were hundreds of beetle grubs in the leaf pile this spring. We even have a blackbird that wipes the slime off slugs before dispatching them.
Yes Zech - I know what you mean, I can get 10 - 20 slugs in a matter of minutes. Edd I think I will have a go next week, and but I do not have two raised beds to add as a control. I would have to judge it by how much the chomping of my dahlia and the pot of salvias eases off. If that is good enough, then I'm happy to join the trial.
Bump. This is the time.
That's a really interesting (yet gruesome) idea! Perhaps when the vegetable garden is done I shall be joining you in this experiment Edd.