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Indeed, even here in the Savoie we have had a bumper year for snails and slugs. Unfortunately Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has proven beyond reasonable doubt that it is not possible to render even the largest slugs edible.
Egg shells, coffee grounds, wood ash. They fart in their general direction, in my experience.
I have used the so-called "bio" pellets. I'm not 100% happy, but if you take into account the cost of bags of compost, plant trays, seed, water, and the man-hours in nuturing the seedlings, then it (almost) compensates for the not completely boi-neutral nature of the product, in my view. Ok, so I sold out. It's my garden and i'll cry if I want to.
I find a sunken trough planter of garden mint keeps them at bay.I plant my lettuces behind the mint and never get any bite marks
They have had a go at my new mint plants & completely ravaged the planters of runner beans & lettuce that were coming on during the very wet spell ( which bit was that?)
i did wonder why ive had more of a problem then any other year. I also found that they get through my bedding plants in a night. Sorry but ive taken to using the slug pellets. I have to scatter them carefully as i have pets and do not want them poisoned but they totally work. except the clear up of dead bodies is not nice. What i dont like about them is they seem to attract them more. are these slugs etc that are already there or are they coming from afar for the pellets? hmm i dont know.
i mixed them with organic variety which stated on the pack that with these they crawl off and die so no need for carcass clear up so dont know if the organic ones work or not.
I do feel bad. but after all the effort you go through to grow your own.. i really dont want them ruining all my hard work
I make 'fences' round vegetables and then use copper tape and it works beautifully. It is also round all my Hosta pots and not a snail or slug in sight.
I think that the onlycertain way to get rid of the slugs and snails would be to use a flame thower on them! Seriously!! My veggie patch at the moment has nothing in it but empty grow-bags (previously containing courgettes), stumps that were once lettuces and chard, and the only healthy looking thing is the strings on the wigwams - originally holding sugar-snap peas and beans. I stopped trying to grow anything else in the hopes that the rain would eventually stop - or I decided to build an ark - whichever came first. I do, however, havea couple of concerns with the flame-thrower idea. Firstly, that I might set fire to the shed or fence and second that I could set fire to myself. Maybe the flame-thrower is a bit drastic! They'd only evolve further and become flame-proof !! I tell you, the person who invents a guaranteed method of getting rid of snails and slugs or stops them from eating my plants that doesn't endanger birds, hedgehogs, children or pets and that doesn't involve picking them up and putting them in a bucket should be awarded a Gold Medal!
Someone already invented slug pellets containing only iron which break down into nourishment for the soil. They kill slugs and snails which simply dryup (yes even in the rain) leaving only empty shells, but, and this is a big but, you have to remember to renew them about every three or four days. I usually forget until there are a few slugfulls out of the leaves and renew them - but if only I topped them up (the pellets I mean) regularly I'm sure they would be very effective. The only trouble I've had with copper tape is that the adhesive dries out and I swear the little b....rs are waiting and get straight in there before I notice!!