Raised bed and breeding my own slugs!!

Every night I take out the dog I spy sooooo many baby slugs on my raised bed! So can I introduce natural besties to eat them? Nema something's??


or do I just lace it in slug pellets???



  • Nemaslug.  Do it quickly before the soil temp drops below 5 degrees C.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,082

    Try a small dish or yoghurt pot of beer. They drown in it. I caught 30 in 1 night in one.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,711

    Hedgehogs - that's why we need to encourage hedgehogs - they just hoover the small slugs up.  But I know if you've not got hedgehogs around that's a long term project - of course frogs and toads also eat those little slugs that come out at night and glisten in the torchlight - and robins and blackbirds poke around my veg patch at dawn - I presume that's what they're having for breakfast too.  

    However, if you've got more than will feed your wildlife population at the moment, then yes Nemaslug in the spring - just as the soil warms up and they're getting active again - you'll get far more of them if you do it then.image

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • Lol Verdun - is Dove's hog wearing a pinny? 

  • No chance of hedgehogs as my garden is built up and the raised bed is 20" tall so unless anyone knows of hedgehogs on stilts that won't help. I may put traps on and then these nema things in spring.


    do share, what are they how do they work, are they expensive. Are there any cons?

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Put a ramp up the side of the raised bed, hedgehogs will use them readily.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,711

    Is this who you saw Verdun?


     Sorry Red Dahlia image

    By the way, yes they will use ramps - ours use them to get up onto the Shady Bank which is two sleepers on their edges tall. 

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • Sad but they can't get in or out so no chance and the garden isn't big enough to introduce one. The dog would love a spikey friend!!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,711

    Can you not make a way that they can get in and out?  We've cut a small hole in the bottom of the fence in a corner behind a rose bush - hedgehogs found it almost immediately and come in and out of our garden every evening, meeting up with one that lives here.image 

    But maybe not - dog may love spikey friend but Spike may not love over friendly dog - ex MIL's rather horrid dog used to ........... do unspeakeable things to hedgehogs image

    Maybe nematodes are a better bet image

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • On fleabay you can buy electric tape on the cheap (its copper tape connected to a battery - slugs and snails hate it).  Only any good if you've emptied your bed of the slimey thieves first mind you.

  • If you put this number in the ebay search you'll see what i mean:


    I'm not the vendor btw or related to them an any way, it's something I have on my watch list and keep meaning to buy.

  • 9ft square and 30" tall. Please I know that's way too tall but I wanted on on some concrete at the back of my house and my partner said he would do it for my birthday, low and behold....


    i said why so tall, he said because I will need depth for root veg. No idea how big the carrots were when he grew up!!

  • Some of my carrots are over 2' long!

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