Deep slugs?

FireFire LondonPosts: 5,864
edited June 2019 in Tools and techniques
In your plot(s) have you regularly found slugs an inch or more down in the soil?

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  • B3B3 Posts: 11,337
    No. But,admittedly, i rarely venture down that far. I've found eggs at that sort of depth so I assume they've been down there 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,240
    Yes
    Yes, Arion hortensis (Garden slug) which feed at all levels (below, on and above the soil.)


    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 5,864
    Thanks @BobTheGardener. How far down do you find them usually? Masses? 
  • B3B3 Posts: 11,337
    They eat spuds too, don't they?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,240
    Yes
    As deep as potatoes grow, @Fire , so at least a foot down.  I have to grow particular varieties to avoid slug holes.  I did use nematodes a few years ago and while they definitely reduced the overall population of all types significantly, these b*ggers persist! :s
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 5,864
    Were they not there after the potatoes in particular?
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,240
    Yes
    I crop-rotate which makes no difference so they are already in the ground but feeding on plant detritus when potatoes aren't on the plate, I would assume.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 5,864
    @B3 - When planting you have never found them?
  • B3B3 Posts: 11,337
    No. I haven't. It's usually pretty dry before I water the hole. Maybe that's the reason
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • ElizaRoseElizaRose East AngliaPosts: 121
    Yes
    When I have lifted pots, I've seen something dart down. Scared the life out of me. When it first happened I thought it might be a toad, but just the other day, I saw that it was a slug-type thing. I tried to dig with a stick to see what it was, but I couldn't find it. I guess it is a 'deep slug'. 
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