101 ways to get rid of slugs

101 Uses For is popular and let's hope it stays that way. Our second book is presently called 101 tips for self sufficiency; we will certainly dip into this section for ideas. So post away and let's try and get at least one thread up to 101.
User avatar
Andy Hamilton
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 6631
Joined: Tue Oct 26, 2004 11:06 pm
Location: Bristol
Contact:

Post: #58136 Andy Hamilton
Mon May 21, 2007 10:20 pm

66. Wishfull thinking.

Image
First we sow the seeds, nature grows the seeds then we eat the seeds. Neil Pye
My best selling Homebrew book Booze for Free
and...... Twitter
The Other Andy Hamilton - Drinks & Foraging

crackerjac
margo - newbie
margo - newbie
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue Aug 15, 2006 1:15 pm
Location: London

Post: #58767 crackerjac
Sat May 26, 2007 7:44 pm

I recently got an allotment, and I've noticed LOADS! of slugs and snails. Last weekend, I threw into a bucketful of water many that I found, put the bucket on a wooden platform, sprinkled some salt around the bucket, so mo escape for the slimies, as I call them.
Could this count as 67?

Oh, I've also shovelled them (too slimy to touch - aaaiiii!) and thrown them next door (unoccupied lottie at the moment). They probably came back to mine though :cry:

www.jacnal.blogspot.com
Jac xXx

"You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars you have a right to be here..........Be at peace with God whatever you conceive Him to be" ~ Desiderata by Max Ehrmann.


www.jacnal.blogspot.com

User avatar
ladykathryn
margo - newbie
margo - newbie
Posts: 24
Joined: Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:55 am
Location: Scotland

Nematodes and Copper tape

Post: #58958 ladykathryn
Mon May 28, 2007 10:31 am

I purchased with doubt of course a packet of some white stuff called nematodes. you mix it with a bucket o water and pour liberally. I used copper tape on my strawberry bucket and on the woodden border around the veggie patch. VIOLA! Not a slug to be seen! Brilliant! And they don't hurt the environment and are not poisionous to children or pets of any kind.

I have had a few snails mind. At first I thought the feeling of flying might teach em a lesson but that didn't seem very nice, so I thought about the squashing method, seemed too cruel. Then I found a very nice idea. Since the council has raised our rates again, I thought if I put these lovely creatures into the bin the council could happily pay for their holiday to the local land fill, where of course there will be PLENTY for the snails to eat.

What could be better, free transport, nice holiday, plenty of free food, wide spaces to roam freely and I don't have to feel badly about killing anything! Everyone is happy!

I have the biggest radishes you have ever seen, my lettuce and spinish are simply delish! :flower:
Gardens are like people, they need love, warmth, food and care, and always are their best when shared with others!

MrsD'ville
Barbara Good
Barbara Good
Posts: 127
Joined: Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:50 pm
Location: Herefordshire

Post: #66393 MrsD'ville
Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:46 pm

Andy Hamilton wrote:Slug eggs are like little white ball bearings. Whenever I do a bit of digging on my allotment I tend to find some, easily crushed between fingers. Would need too many to become an omlette, perhaps you could have pickled slug eggs as a starter.


Oh, so that's what those little things were I found all over the strawberry patch yesterday :( Explains a thing or two. I was fervently hoping they were oeufs of something useful like ladybirds or, or, something.

We have an absolutely epic slug problem at our new house, so we've ordered nematodes. We have 3/4 of an acre so that would be a firk of a lot of eggshells or beer :mrgreen:

Oh oh oh, I've just seen I've got a Margot, that is so perfect!!

Peggy Sue
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1120
Joined: Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:27 pm
Location: Godmanchester, Cambs, UK

Post: #69184 Peggy Sue
Mon Aug 20, 2007 1:19 pm

I have done a comprehensive study of slug methods this year having fed them several whole seed packets of lettuce and herbs.
With all this rain salt was pointless, they happily crawled over carpet (including my bathroom), paper, sand, grit, sharp stuff liek egg shells, copper wire (but that did put them off a bit)

I stopped planting anything out and put vaseline around my pots, only slowed the down a bit, then in combination with vaseline, copper wire and stading them on a suspended grid with jeys fluid spray underneath... I hit on gold: Wire wool. I stand my pots on wire wool and they really won't crawl over that.

So much lettuce since!! :cheers:
Just Do It!

MrsD'ville
Barbara Good
Barbara Good
Posts: 127
Joined: Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:50 pm
Location: Herefordshire

Post: #69304 MrsD'ville
Wed Aug 22, 2007 9:00 am

Hi. We used nemetodes and they worked fantastically well and very quickly. We had slugs carpeting the grass, back step, conservatory floor etc, they were just gross, but the nemetodes sorted them our toot-sweet. I'd definitely use them again if we had another infestation.

Sooty
margo - newbie
margo - newbie
Posts: 3
Joined: Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:11 am

Soot and slugs

Post: #77557 Sooty
Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:54 pm

Good tip for all you organic types..I always put a good linning of soot in my trenches before i plant my potatoes 2 to 3 inches of soot is ideal,dont bother weathering it,the more caustic the better,just drop your chitted potatoes straight into it...Slugs hate it...Incorporate more soot when you earth up,and as an asside dust the tops with soot about once a fortnight while theres a risk of blight about ,this also keeps blight away..Soot also keeps wire worms and other nasties at bay too...Try some next year and you can look forward to a nice healthy clean crop of organic spuds..MMmmmm..Oh and because a typical sample of soot contains between 3 to 6% percent of nitrogen just watch those tops green up and rocket away...
Curry cures everything!!! Its just a case of getting the quantity right...

QuakerBear
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 582
Joined: Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:24 pm
Location: Surrey

Post: #77574 QuakerBear
Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:31 pm

45. Pick them off with chopsticks (sorry I still don't like touching them), put 'em in a tub, then dump 'em.

46. Are they too slow to race?
QuakerBear

User avatar
Cassiepod
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 404
Joined: Fri Mar 16, 2007 12:54 pm
Location: Aberdeenshire

Post: #77581 Cassiepod
Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:53 pm

Sotty is that coal soot orwood ash (Or have I just answerd my own question?!)

User avatar
Annpan
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 5464
Joined: Thu Dec 14, 2006 2:43 pm
Location: Lanarkshire, Scotland

Post: #77586 Annpan
Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:16 pm

or wood soot?

As far as I know, coal 'dust' or ash is too acidic to even add too compost, so I don't fancy it's chances under potatoes (even if it is soot) But wood ash is aparently fantastic for everything (I have yet to have a wood-ash based growing season) the way some people talk it has magical properties.

So... I'd imagine that soot from your chimney, if you only burn wood, would be as good as the ashes.

?
Ann Pan

"Some days you're the dog,
some days you're the lamp-post"

My blog
My Tea Cosy Shop
Some photos
My eBay

Peggy Sue
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1120
Joined: Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:27 pm
Location: Godmanchester, Cambs, UK

Post: #77589 Peggy Sue
Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:49 pm

On our new allotment the previous 'owner' was one of the stewards who had it as a second plot. He has left us a bag of soot which he told us we need to spread in January. I didn't like to cross examine him, just thanked him and said I would.

I shall have to ask him what sort of soot it is, he burns alot of old stuff down the allotment which is dead plants/weeds and old wood, but I would have called that ash. :? Got me thinking...
Just Do It!

Sooty
margo - newbie
margo - newbie
Posts: 3
Joined: Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:11 am

Post: #78500 Sooty
Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:44 am

Slugs love "bran"..!!! If you spread little piles of dry bran where there's slug activity,the slugs find it irresistable,eat it,swell up and,well not to put too fine a point on it,thats one slug less...If the bran gets wet the slugs still gorge themselves on it in preference to your precious crops,only trouble is sometimes they have room for dessert,which in my case can be strawberrys..lol..
Bran is cheap as chips,and lasts for ages... Give it a go!!!
Curry cures everything!!! Its just a case of getting the quantity right...

johnhcrf
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 423
Joined: Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:09 pm
Location: Johnstone, Renfrewshire
Contact:

Post: #98025 johnhcrf
Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:27 pm

Beer traps then compost. The Final Solution. I have no anger. TeeHee!
Bin Waste - 4 weeks - 3.25oz
52 weeks - 2.64lb est.

Pip Tiddlepip
margo - newbie
margo - newbie
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue May 27, 2008 11:10 am

Post: #105734 Pip Tiddlepip
Tue May 27, 2008 11:32 am

Next to my little plastic greenhouse is a pot with a solution of highly salted water. I go out on snail patrol first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

There are a lot of snails out there mourning their mates who came into my garden and never returned...scoff my seedlings, feel my anger...
"We're all doomed...aye."

helianthus
margo - newbie
margo - newbie
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:49 pm
Location: Surrey

Post: #108640 helianthus
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:02 pm

Hello, I am new here ...... had such a good laugh reading those suggestions, that I had to register to post. I have bought some organic slug pellets btw, which are great (but only when it is not raining :( ) ...

However, for a nice evening hobby:

Find a nice stick and a long nail, attach the nail to the end of the stick, leaving enough nail at the end. Wait until evening, and pretend you are a speerhunter extraordinaire :mrgreen:

Good fun, but don't get your face very close, they do splatter a lot (as mentioned during the slug and brick method).
“Cluelessness - There are no stupid questions, but there are a LOT of inquisitive idiots.â€


Return to “101 Uses For”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google Adsense [Bot] and 6 guests