Posted: 06/05/2015 at 23:54
Started an allotment late last year, which is great but I think may have it's own set of problems! I've grown runner beans in my garden, every year without a hiccup. I planted out some fairly healthy runners (that I grew in the greenhouse) at the allotment, but the whole lot have been eaten by slugs within a couple of days, leaving me with just a couple of stumps and the odd leaf on one or two. I won't swear here, but I certainly did today!
I'd scattered slug pellets, both organic (iron) and the blue nasties, but they did nothing to help protect my plants. Today I planted some more seeds into the ground and bought a bag of coarse sand and ran a ring of sand around the whole plot, a couple of inches wide and about an inch high to try and save any new ones and see what comes of the odd leafy stump I have left.
I guess am really up against it at an allotment? Any tips for allotment slugs please? I am beginning to think I stupidly planted them too near the compost bin, would it help to move them? But then the plot next door is unused and completely overgrown, so I guess that too is a great spot for slugs. Slug pubs and pellets just don't seem to work for me, but just not sure what else I can do. Am worried about putting any more of my carefully grown other veggies out too, just to get munched. I've some ready to go in asap. Very disheartening!