Slugs- They’re coming!
February 21, 2011 § 2 Comments
I give it a month and I reckon the little buggers will be out in force. I have included a few tips on keeping them off your veg (below slug pics) and also some pics of sea slugs, which I do think are very lovely.
Copper wire is a highly effective physical barrier that we use at Vegplugs.co.uk to keep slugs off the plugs.
Products containing lots of calcium carbonate (lime), especially those with jagged edges (diatomaceous earth), will deter slugs. Organic slug pellets are made from granite or a similar aggregate which is like a cheese grater to a slug’s belly.
Acidic soil conditions encourage slugs so check your soil pH and alkalise the soil surface by sprinkling lime, bone meal or egg shells around plants.
A pond or wetland area will encourage frogs and perhaps newts which feast on slugs. Chickens and ducks will eat slugs and all manner of soil pests. Various types of traps can be made. Trap crops can also be grown. Nematodes are available as a biological control. A skewer and a torch for bouts of mass murder is more therapeutic than it sounds.
And now for the monday morning installment of prettiness! Sea Slugs: