Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:00
Never mind, Peat B, we know which thread you meant.........
I put slugs and snails in a jar of salt water because I don't think raising the salinity of the soil is a good idea.
Someone asked what happens when plants flop over the copper ring? Yes, that can be a problem, but it happens seldom enough. Plus if you continue the nightly slug hunt and pick off any intrepid nasties, it's usually enough. Copper tape is reasonably priced, especially if you go to somewhere large like B&Q.
Sorry to hear about your disaster, Caral. I don't have any pets (children are enough) although last year one of the local cats dug up an iris rhizome I had transplanted to the front garden and killed it, so I do know how you feel. My garden seems to be a haven for all the cats in the street grrrrrrrrrr If only they ate slugs, I might not mind them so much.
Eternal vigilance is the key. You can never win completely against them, simply because there are so many and they never stop coming, but you can do enough to be able to grow the plants you want.