Posted: 13/01/2013 at 07:48
Last year was indeed a slug & snail paradise with all the damp weather later in the year. You could mix 2 crushed cloves of garlic with 2 pints of water and boil (then let it cool down), watering plants that are at risk works, aswell as crushed egg shells, used ground coffee, copper foil around pots, and I tried something I saw last year which is copper tape around a cut soft drink bottle middle with the top and bottom cut off and set this over your newly planted "slug food". Slug beer traps are good, but make sure you empty the corpses out daily & sharp gravel is supposed to work. Its good if you can encourage birds into your garden (provided your not using pellets). Trouble is if the birds are being fed too much by us then they are not looking for their natural food, slugs, snails and bugs. An upturned pot is always a good idea, then if any find that its their shelter for the daytime, when you go out it makes them easier for you to find them. I think I will try nematodes this year aswel.