Posted: 30/05/2013 at 13:38
This is my first post on the forum, hello everyone!!
Don't worry Slug Haters - you're not alone!! There's nothing wrong in killing them, and I confess that I find a lot of pleasure in dropping them into a bucket of salty water and watching them squirm to death. My partner and my daughter think I am evil but my son is already a keen participant in the nightly "Slug Hunt", to the point where he doesn't even wear gloves I am afraid it is war and I will do anything to protect my beloved plants from these pointless parasites. Sadly for me I seem to grow a lot of things the molluscs love to chomp. In the past I have seen a coreopsis never even get going as the slugs ate the young leaves as soon as they appeared, I've devised barriers made of yoghurt pots with the top edges cut into spikes, I've saved all my eggshells and put rings of crushed shells around plants (not as effective as I'd hoped, that one) and tried beer traps (again, not that successful).
I refuse to give up, however, and I do find the slug hunt very effective in keeping the numbers down. I am intruiged by the garlic spray and will definitely try that. At the moment I have an echinacea and an achillea that can't get going because the slugs keep eating the young leaves, so it's time for more drastic action. I prefer crushing snails and leaving them on the path for the birds (I love birds) but it's always the salt water for the slugs.
Don't give up on the dahlias, copper tape around pots seems to work, and they're too beautiful not to grow.