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you can't beat them, they are taking over. my veg is 1foot high built with sharp surface brick, this surrounded by sharp gravel and on top of the bricks is a strip of 3" slug pellets and the bloody things still get to my plants. maybe i should add beer traps as well. i encourage all the birds with feeders all over the garden. if anyone finds a proper solution please, please, let me know.
Forget copper tape, ask your local hair dressers or barbers for their chop off hair.
This is like barbwire on the slugs and will break down in the soil as well. With regards to heavy clay soil. If you know anyone who has a wood burner, get the wood ash and fine grit and spinkle it on the soil. Use garden compost as well and when its not too dry dig it over. If you dont want to plant anything in it this year grow green manure over it. I use red clover and once the plants have flowers just dig it all into the ground. Over the years this soil will get better if you do this every Oct - January.
I watered in Nematodes two weeks ago, I havent seen a slug since so lets hope they work. I will do it again in about 4 weeks, just in case. Money wise its much cheaper, I can easily sprinkle on 3 - 4 boxes of slug pellets in a season, so I think the Nematodes are cheaper, and you can eat the veg with no worries. Also safe for the birds and toads.
Afriend of mine advised me to put porridge oats around my plants. Apparently slugs will eat it, then it swells inside them and kills them. Not sure if it works, but am going to give it a try! Has anyone else heard of this method?
............................... Copper pots!!!
Improving clay soil - I have this and add what ever I can get, compost from used pots and seed trays. soil improver from local tip ( here its £10 for 5 bags), compost. I don't attempt the whole garden just earmark an area at a time for a couple of months. It's not an instant fix but slowly i am seeing an improvement.
As for slugs and snails - - I use copper tape on some pots but you need a wider strip is 2 widths together. I got it from large garden centre, but mostly now rely on rough compost, sea shells ground up, grit, again whatever I can get. On special plants I use that organic growingsuccess pellets BUT very rarely and then a light sprinkle until the plant has established. Always aware of birds and wild life.
Never thought of that Verdun.
I don't use copper tape any more, used it for a year as experiment where I lived before-it was slug heaven
I have a lot of hostas and use a few pellets but mainly dried and crushed egg shells.I have been told that as birds only eat live slugs and snails they wont touch those which have eaten pellets. I also put used coffee granules down (use them fresh -don't wait until you have a bagful.) Also you can boil garlic cloves and spray the liquid on the leaves - it doesn't make the plant smell of garlic.
I hate the horrible things,but i only have a small garden with a variety of plants...so what i do is check my plants towards the end of the evening for slugs and snails..but i do use a large amount of vaseline i paint all of my planters with it and it seems to stop them climbing.Also i to use diluted washing liquid for the greenflies also when ever i can i squish them of my plants.