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Whats the best way to keep slugs off your plants with out using pellets ?
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,354
    It depends a lot on what the plants  are and where they’re planted. Tell us more. 

    However, I have found that the application of Slug nématodes to the soil at the appropriate times of year works very well in the veg patch and in borders. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,209
    Bucket, salty water and rubber gloves.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,167
    Snippity snip with scissors for me. 
    Dove's right though - what kind of plants do you need to protect? Very few of the usual things work completely, from eggshells and copper rings, to coffee grounds and everything in between. Nematodes and hunting/dispatching are the most effective.
    Vigilance is the best approach, especially in early spring, when new foliage on perennials is emerging, which is very tasty for slugs. Out at night with a torch and the weapon of choice to get a head start on numbers. If you can get on top of them then , it helps enormously.  :)
    If you have pots - a look round them during the day helps too - they hide under the rims and edges of them.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    I recommend every gardener to read "The Little Book of Slugs", which can be ordered for about £2 from the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth.  It details numerous wildlife-friendly methods of deterring and destroying slugs, none of which is a complete solution, but different methods can be combined.  It's also an amusing read.
  • Thanks well i had chilli and pepper plants and some chard growing in a green house mostly in plant pots and trays im a complete novice and want to have organic produce and limited space 
  • Vigilance is best, as said above.
    Check trays and pots, look underneath and round the rims and make sure leaves aren't touching the glass or that gives them another means of access!
  • Has anyone found anything on the market that proves useful to these little lettuce lovers
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,167
    The nematodes that Dove mentioned might be beneficial, although they work best in open ground, but swiping the pot rims as B'cupdays and I have said, is a very organic method.
    You can try the copper tape if it's all pots you have. It's readily available online and in G.Centres etc. Putting  the pots in trays of water [raised up on blocks of course!] can also help a bit, but the distance has to be wide enough that they can't just reach across to the pot.
    The foliage location is important too, as B'cupdays says, They can bungee across from plant to plant if there's a nice leaf or two to make a little bridge  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • RubytooRubytoo On the sofa, Southerly aspect.Posts: 1,287
    Wot that Dovebird and Fairy wroted is on the market and organic I finks. Them nematods 'll doozit.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,167
    Rubytoo said:
    Wot that Dovebird and Fairy wroted is on the market and organic I finks. Them nematods 'll doozit.
      Wot you like? Ya daft mare! :D 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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