Posted: 01/07/2012 at 23:34
I have just come back in from going outside with a sturdy pair of scissors and a torch and snipping about 30 of the 'orrible little bleeders. I hate doing it, but I also hate looking at plants I've nurtured for months being munched to death.
This evening I worked out where they were coming from and have put slug pellets down (I still say a quick snip is more kind) and will probably try a salt barrier tomorrow when I can see what I'm doing properly.
In the back garden we have a small Marigold patch. I really don't like Marigolds very much but this year my partner insisted on some bargain ones from B&Q that were heavily reduced. Being a kind and generous guy we bought them home, I planted them up in a prime spot (a patch which by late summer will be full of Mrs Bradshaw's ) and the slugs love them. So much so that I barely need to check anywhere else for them. Snip.
More bargain Marigolds have been purchased since. Kudos me.
The problem is we spend our days making almost perfect conditions for slugs and snails and our nights (well mine anyway) fighting them off our beloved, or not so, flowers.