Posted: 17/07/2015 at 10:30
Wow - thanks for all these replies folks. Makes me feel a bit better that I haven't got a unique, unbalanced garden! I caught another 15 last night, but might get the kids on the job tonight
I picked some suet balls up last night (I crumbled them up) - but the birds have jumped on them this morning...when the slugs are hiding! I've also spayed some (self made garlic water around some of the plants in the interim). I fear it might be best to 'perish' them on the spot, rather than the slow death (but drunk first might be some way to go ).
Definitely aiming for a balanced garden eventually and the more wildlife the better. We have sparrows (actually raised in the eaves of our roof I hadn't yet got round to fixing) and have added bird feeders for them (which in turn, last year at least, ate all our cherries!). We've had a visit from a local cat (the kids love it...I hate cats!!) and 'plays' with their guinea pigs, so I guess that isn't helping with the bird visits (although their gran has a few cats and a host of birds in their garden).
Hostas look good - I was after a bit of ground cover for certain areas of my garden so I might take a look at them.
I do like the sound of those leopard slugs...where do you get them!
As for snails, I've found very little of those (just one as opposed to nigh on 50 slugs). I'd consider capturing them in buckets, 'detoxing' them than smoking in the BBQ with garlic butter (had them in Barcelona a few years ago - pretty good!).
I didn't realise slugs go for 'flowering' type plants (I could understand lettuce etc). Those Bella De Notte were well advanced before the slugs got them (I've a few more in pots I'll bring in at night until I've sorted the slug problem out). Pumpkins was the big shame as it something we look forward to every year. I actually found a slug 4 foot up our sunflowers yesterday. God knows how they keep growing as they've been obliterated!!
Many thanks folks - a whole host of tips there
*googles leopard slugs*