Garden is a restaurant for slugs.
Read a fair bit on the net re dealing with slugs, but you've all been so helpful and knowledgable I thought I'd ask about slug problems here.
As my garden is starting to develop and thrive, more and more wildlife is being introduced (good!). However, this year a host of slugs have destroyed so many of my plants. We grow giant pumpkins every year (the kids look forward to it) but this time, every single one has been chomped (I end up filtering down to two good pumpkin plants). Same with my sun flowers (also a kids thing). Same with my rhubarb (I've waited two years to pick some...and it's all but gone!).
I also planted around 20 Bella Di Notte seeds (started off in pots but transplanted). Ended up with two decent sized plants that survived (getting to around 5 inches) but then two days ago these were eaten! They've even started on my wisteria.
Last night I went out and caught around 30 of them. Deposited them in a bucket and let them loose in a field some distance away (I was in a caring mood!).
I don't want to use slug pellets due to kids, but I'm thinking it's time to get harsh and use the old beer in a sunken dish method. Also heard of wool pellets (been warned off using salt, besides, rain tends to wash that away).
Unless I caught them all last night, I fear they will return! Any fail safe methods from you folks would be greatly appreciated!