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slug slime

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 00:29

A word of warning about collecting slugs/snails in screwtop container for disposal with refuse. If container does not reach capacity over 2 or 3 days of gathering forays, it's best to start a fresh container, as continuing to use same container after approx 3 days, (especially in warm conditions) results in the most obnoxious odour from the decomposing conquests.

scaredy cat plant, does it work

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 23:51

I've posted a similar message on a cat problem thread elsewhere on the forum, but will add it here for those following this thread. Water pistols and super soakers seem of liitle help if you have a largish garden because they don't reach the pests unless they are fairly close. We invested in a "Water Blaster" earlier this year. An American water cannon like an outsize bicycle pump with claimed range of 60 feet - this is a fair claim. Bought ours from the manufacturer in California via website, but have since noted a UK supplier. Have rarely had a direct hit, but sound of squirt and falling water soon gets message across, and hardly ever have cat in garden now. Can be very quickly filled by sucking up water from a bucket and push handle to discharge complete tubeful of water. 

slug slime

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 22:32

I too gather up slugs & snails. I've heard that it is the most effective option & I would agree. I find that a long thin bulb trowel is the best tool, which avoids the "touching"  factor. I bottle mine up in a certain hot chocolate drink container as my wife is an addict, so over the year we accummulate sufficient for the slug season, and then add them to the refuse sack so they are atomised by the council incinerator.  Gathering them has almost become obsessive, in seeing just how many can infest one's garden, so a tally of approx 1000 in both 2009 & 2010, hardly any in 2011, but have exceeded 1300 already this year. 

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 21:50

We've tried most proprietary gels, sprays & powders, all without success with the half dozen cats that believed our garden was a communal PC. Had some success with holly prunings "they don't like it upem, them fuzzy wuzzies", but almost total success in recent months has been a "Water Blaster", an american water pistol for beach & pool, like an outsize bicycle pump. Claimed range - 60 feet & is a fair claim. Have rarely landed a shot on pests, but the sound of the squirt & falling water has turned local cats into sprint champions, so mere sight of the "weapon" eventually had desired effect & cats now very rare. Bought ours at some cost from California via web, but have noticed a UK supplier. Cost has been value for money.

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