I have used new cat litter to keep slugs and snails off my plants and it works well but I don't know if its ok to use around vegetable plants such as runner beans can you advise



  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,443

    Hi Sara,

    I don't know about the veg, but that is a hell of a good idea. I imagine they won't like it because it's absorbent. I've got bags of cat litter in the house so I'll have a try.

    I had been using poultry grit...image



  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,276

    I don't have cats but is Cat Litter similar to  the compressed bales of wood shavings you can purchase from several outlets..............if cat litter works, then I am sure this would and I would think it would be cheaper perhaps ?  Plus of course your cats won't be miffed at losing their Litter tray contentsimage


  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,443

    The stuff I've got says it is made of lime and quartz sand but it might be worth a shot around test areas.

    Phillippa do you mean like horse bedding bales? I was wondering if it might blow away. Also the cat litter disintegrates back into a sand when wet with its limey contents which I didn't think of before.

    What kind of cat litter do you have Sara? Do you know what it's made of? That might help with your veg question...


  • flumpy1flumpy1 Posts: 2,846

    Give them a pint of beer that will sort them out image

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,276

    Victoria..........yes, I think that is probably what I mean.....I use it on the floor of my Chicken shed  and also to  lay on my paths when it floods.  It is very absorbent .....if you lay it just before it rains ( which should be just about anytime I think ! ), it stays in situ and in my experience, helps not only to absorb excess water but still stays sharp enough to deter some slugs/snails.  There is another which is much coarser which probably works as well if not better as a deterrent.

    As I said, not a cat owner so didn't realise Catlit contained sand ?  Hope this may help anywayimage

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,443

    Cheers, I might buy a small bale and put it around my remaining cabbagesimage

  • LilydotwinLilydotwin Posts: 30

    I heard on our local radio station's gardening programme that slugs and snails hate garlic. Put a smear of garlic paste on the rims of pots and they won't touch the contents. For plants in open ground, water frequently with "Slug Soup" - made by boiling one whole bulb of garlic in two pints of water for 20 minutes, straining off the resulting soup, and adding about two tablespoons of it to a gallon of water in your watering can. Water the leaves of the plants with this and the little horrors avoid them. I don't know from my own experience yet if this works, but I trust the gardening gurus who advocated it. It's worth a try. And, it's cheap!

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,033

    How often is 'frequently'? Every day or every few days? Sounds a good idea.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • its true about the garlic yes. Garlic is a natural pesticide and can also be used to treat aphid infestations by infusing it into water (steep crushed cloves in hot water). Spray the solution (now cold) on areas of infestation.

  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

    true about garlic it does work to a decree  as do beer traps,dog biscuits  and many more things including birds and frogs but you will never ever get rid of slugs and snails and keeping them at bay is hard work . image

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