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When do slugs wake up?

I wouldn't normally be thinking about this at this time of year - but my delphiniums are shooting already! Should I protect them from slugs or would I be wasting my time?


  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Slugs and snails are active whenever it is warm enough for them. Which is right now

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    I don't think they ever really fell asleep this year.

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Roughly on the topic of slugs. I don't know if I got the idea of doing this from this forum or elsewhere but I have of late been collecting my egg shells as they're used - washing them out in soapy water and then popping them in the oven for 10 minutes when I'm cooking dinner to kill any nasties and dry them out.

    I now have half a jar full of egg shells (crushing them slightly to save on space since they'll be crushed eventually anyway) ready to use when I sew seedlings out into the garden.

    Does anyone else have any novel ideas for keeping the slugs at bay?

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    Slugs only stop when the ground is very dry or is the temperatures fall below -5C. We have had mild wet weather and there are a lot of slugs out that have  hatched and survived! So yes you need to protect.


    Egg shells are a waste of time - as soon as it is wet they can crawl over them! 

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Really? That's a shame it seemed such a simple idea since I can remember my grandparents using egg shells as a deterrent. Oh well it'll be broken down calcium for some creature of the garden no doubt. Looks like I'd better not give up on my chop sticks in the evening method then.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    I've had limited success with Pistachio nut shells, they don't like the salt. But my waistline doesn't like the volume needed.

  • I've found the only sure fire way to beat the slimy critters is to use Nematodes, I tried so many approaches without a noticeable difference; everything was demolished the next morning:/..after applying Nematodes my veg patches were slug free most of the Spring/Summer/Autumnimage I put a few lettuce leaves on the grass well away from the veg beds too so any slugs that smelt my tasty veg in the evening stopped and ate them first (and the slug pellets around them hehe) The only problem I have is we have grass areas around the veg beds with walls as our garden is raised so slugs hide away and venture out from the brickwork onto the grass so although I tackle the veg areas the grass is still a battleground for me hence the lettuce leaves/pellets (and me doing a dusk patrol). 


  • I find slugs in my rabbit dish every evening, he does not eat the food then as he is put in the shed every night, trouble is have to waste food as I do not want him to eat it after they have been in the dish, they are driving me nuts.


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