Posted: 03/06/2014 at 07:06
Judging by the sheer number of posts recently about slugs and snails it's clear they're having a bumper year. Perhaps the mild winter that we had, coupled with the rains over the last couple of weeks have provided ideal conditions for them. I've been going out at night and getting around 30-40 every night. I sympathise, Shelley, with your runner bean misery. My under-gardener planted potatoes and onions this year, his first time at planting anything at all, ever, and the slugs swarm over them every night. The beer trap does get some, but like yours only around 10 a week. Still, that's 10 less to munch the garden!! They've also eaten a small tomato plant - completely stripped it, and a sweet pepper. I will post links to some recent threads that you could have a look at for ideas. For plants I cut up a pop/water bottle and put copper tape round it then around the bottom of the plant, that usually deters them, but I've found it difficult with the vegetable to do this, so it's just a nightly trip up the garden and picking the b*****ds off. If you do this you will save your plants, like Dove says don't remove the leaves, they'll eat those instead of fresher ones and your beans will survive!