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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

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They dont like onions or garlic. I would often get a packet of spring onions and scatter them around whatever else I was growing as dont take up much earth room. not so much to grow those onions but to keep the slugs away. I also plant the odd garlic bit I have over.

Not sure how fool proof, but remember occasions I had no slugs and yet my neighbours complained they did.

The beer thing, I dont know about sinking something, I would use those shallow yoghurt or other desert plastic pot to put the beer, then put them in the rubbish.
Do they also DISlike the shells of onions or only the actual onions ?
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Old 08.05.2013, 21:43
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Aye. They're a bit bland without. Garlic butter works well too.
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

Has anyone found copper tape here in Switzerland? Would be interested to know where. I can buy from UK and lots of sellers in France (Google ruban de cuivre contre limaces, and you'll find several sellers).
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Old 03.05.2014, 09:44
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

OK, the battle continues... 5 years on. Last year's tiered raised bed was only partially successful as slugs are determined little b**tards.

I went to Landi yesterday and bought interlocking sheet metal strips with sharp folded slug barriers along the top. Not cheap, about 120 CHFs for a 1M x 3M area. Looks something like this:

Now, if it will only stop raining so I can put it up.
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Old 03.05.2014, 10:03
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

Is this solution from Landi . . .
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Here is a physical barrier solution. I've seen these raised bed kits on sale in Landi . . .
Yes, that's exactly what I bought yesterday at Landi!
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

Just an FYI for those asking about where to buy copper tape:

Landi, Hornbach, Coop B/H and most larger garden centers now carry the copper tape. It's a copper mesh, ca. 4-5 cm wide. I installed it along all my terraces and around the raised bed.

And the slugs paid it no mind. I think they enjoy outsmarting me.

I have some copper flashing left over from roof/gutter work we did last fall - I'm going to try that, similar to me.anon's picture, and see if a solid copper barrier makes a difference. (And when I am yet again outwitted by a barely-sentient mollusc, at least I won't have invested much.)



My ace in the hole this year: I *think* that Mama Hedgehog is in the family way.
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

Get a catapult. Every time you find one, catapult it over next door's garden.
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

Nice weather for slugs today
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

I bought some woven copper tapes from hobby on line- just under 10CHF (on special offer now- I sadly missed it) for 4 metres- and some for neighbour- it is working really well so far, so really pleased. Neighbour has used hers with the pegs provided around her 'normal veg patch- I have used mine all around the top of my raised beds. Called Schneckenstop from gardening section at Hobby on line.

www.hobby-online.ch
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Get a catapult. Every time you find one, catapult it over next door's garden.
I use this method a lot with great success. I also use those slug pellets from coop which adds minerals to your soil as well. Coffee in your compost and make a coffee spray. I have picked slugs off of my onions and garlic so those do not deter them. I also over plant and expect to lose 10-20% for whatever reasons plus over planting means less weeding.
Setting a beer trap will invite slugs from over 100m away, so set the party keg in your neighbors garden
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

I have used this slug trap with great success for three years now, however, one must clean it and rebait it every two to four weeks. I would suggest trying one adjacent to your vegetable garden.

http://www.swissinno.com/en/slugs/sl...scription.html

Nothing toxic here, however, it seems slugs like bait that does not smell like roses.
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

I regularly organize a 'slug catching party' for my daughter and her friends. Gloves, torches, wellington boots. You entertain them for 1 h and have a slug free garden for the next week!
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I have used this slug trap with great success for three years now, however, one must clean it and rebait it every two to four weeks. I would suggest trying one adjacent to your vegetable garden.

http://www.swissinno.com/en/slugs/sl...scription.html

Nothing toxic here, however, it seems slugs like bait that does not smell like roses.
On behalf of PETA I can only condemn this cruel method of slug torture, as they are condemned to a slow death of drowning. You are committing sluggicide.
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On behalf of PETA I can only condemn this cruel method of slug torture, as they are condemned to a slow death of drowning. You are committing sluggicide.
On behalf of VETA and slug eaten veggies everywhere, good. They don't even deserve to die drunk.
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Not the ones I buy, they work for months, rain or not.

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Tom - could you post a photie of what you use and where you buy it pls?

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Don't hedgehogs eat slugs? (serious question)

If so, how can you encourage one to move in...
Those bastards just ate my baby Rucola plants. Now I'm thinking about trapping a hedgehog and tying him to a leash.
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

SUCCESS!
The interlocking sheet metal slug fences I bought from Landi have worked beautifully. I even baited them with a cup of beer and melon rinds inside the barrier... not one made it over. I have now planted salad, tomatoes, and squash from seedlings, and no slug or snail has eaten so much as a single leaf. It's worked so well I put up another one. This solution took a long time to find, but I can highly recommend it.
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For years I have tried unsuccessfully to grow vegetables in the garden. The slugs always won. This year I am trying a new strategy: a raised bed about 30 cm high (actually 3 tiers, like a cake, each level 30 cm higher than the previous). That is the first line of defense.

Any advise how to stop them from breaching the walls? I don't want to use pellets as they are toxic and wash away in the rain. Sunken jars filled with beer result in a disgusting mess.

Anyone have a foolproof, 100% solution to the slug problem?
Use coop oecoplan pellets (they contain iron phosphate). They're not toxic (except for to the slugs, obviously).
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In my never-ending battle with our banana-sized slugs I've tried all the tricks mentioned in this thread. Mostly to little avail. I'm convinced that come nuclear holocaust the first life forms re-emerging will not be the cockroaches but Swiss slugs.

That said, what I have done to try to stem the tide:

First, I try to plant things that slugs would rather not eat. That means for color I plant woody flowering plants and use a lot of cranesbill (Storchschnabel, true geranium - not to be confused with pelagorum, the window-box geranium). Each year I make note of what survived the slug invasion best, and next year plant more of that.

I plant my strawberries in a stone terrace using Erdbeerholz bedding much like PegA's MIL does. But I check for slugs daily, and expect to lose a portion of the crop.

Herbs are also grown in the stone terrace... and all but the basil seem slug resistant.

Salad greens are planted in pots or planters.

There is a product called Snoek Schneckengranulat, small lava stones impregnated with a scented oil that is supposed to repel slugs. I've use this in the mutt-free areas of my garden, with fair to middling success. Most of the larger slugs just laughed at me, though. Be careful, as the oil in the stones should not come into contact with skin or eyes. (Or curious canine tongues.)
http://www.schneckenprofi.de/snoek-s...ngranulat.html

The veggie garden requires human intervention. Yes, it's a raised bed ringed in copper, yes, I use eggshells and/or coffee grinds between the rows... but the slugs are made of sterner stuff.

A quick snip with the shears will do it - or if you have a small child/budding capitalist in the neighborhood, 5 Rappen per slug is the going rate.

A note on slug pellets:

I can't use the slug pellets anywhere the mutts might venture, even the pellets supposedly safe for pets. These are 'safe' not because of the chemical used but rather because they also contain an ingredient that makes the taste unpalatable to most mammals, and so most critters avoid the pellets. But ingesting a large amount of these pellets could also be dangerous.
The bio ones are based on iron phosphate, which is only toxic to molluscs. In the ground, it turns into fertilizer for the plants.
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