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How do deal with slugs in the garden?

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?
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

Don't hedgehogs eat slugs? (serious question)

If so, how can you encourage one to move in...
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

My friend told me to wrap copper wire around the plants and scatter coffee grinds.
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

I am not going to sit in the garden all night with a salt shaker. This has to be a standalone, no human intervention solution. Also one that does not wash away when it rains. Chemicals are out.

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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

Egg shells ,crush them up and dispense in the areas of concern ,bio friendly too.
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Old 15.04.2013, 16:34
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

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.
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

I've got slugs and I built some raised beds myself this year. I'm planning on putting up some metal slug barriers along the beds, and going out in the evening to gather what slugs I can. I'm trying to convey the deliciousness of slugs to my chickens, and while they'll eat the smaller ones, they haven't ycet come to face to face with the XXL variety...

I've also found that the less places they have to hide under during the day the better. Once we did some landscaping the problem became much more manageable.

My next step will likely be a pair of Indian Runner Ducks. (Totally serious)
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

beer. British beer works well

you cut half a plastic bottle and put it in the garden, add beer and the slugs will go for it and as they don't know how to swim....
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

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Don't hedgehogs eat slugs? (serious question)

If so, how can you encourage one to move in...
One of the few creatures that seems to actually enjoy them

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I am not going to sit in the garden all night with a salt shaker. This has to be a standalone, no human intervention solution. Also one that does not wash away when it rains. Chemicals are out.
Time to be imaginative and creative: make a continuous perimeter with inexpensive plastic guttering, drill a few holes in the bottom every so often for water seepage, and half fill with salt (struersalz, 12,50 for 25kg). Replenish periodically as and when required.
They wont cross this.
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I am not going to sit in the garden all night with a salt shaker. This has to be a standalone, no human intervention solution. Also one that does not wash away when it rains. Chemicals are out.
Ignore that advice for salt. The salt will wash into the soil and wreck it so you won't be able to grow anything.

I haven't tried it, but a strip of copper around the raised bed should stop them as they get a mild shock from this.

You can get self-adhesive copper tape that you could then staple in place (assuming your raised beds have got wooden side panels).

This kind of tape. It's not cheap though.

TBH, I found the best way to reduce their numbers was to go out in the evening and actively seek them out and kill them.
I cut them in half with the secateurs whilst pruning.

I got moaned at on here last time I said that so if anyone is unhappy with my treatment of slugs then send me a stamped-self-addressed box and I'll send them to you with a bit of lettuce for the journey.
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My next step will likely be a pair of Indian Runner Ducks. (Totally serious)
What absolutely delightful looking animals, I did some Googling out of interest and people seem to rave about them, both as pets and as pest control squads. Walking bowling pins.
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

Copper tape, does work! I tried it last year, no more slugs eating my strawberries!!
Just be sure to remove it before autumn sets in so that you can use it the next year.


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Ignore that advice for salt. The salt will wash into the soil and wreck it so you won't be able to grow anything.

I haven't tried it, but a strip of copper around the raised bed should stop them as they get a mild shock from this.

You can get self-adhesive copper tape that you could then staple in place (assuming your raised beds have got wooden side panels).

This kind of tape. It's not cheap though.

TBH, I found the best way to reduce their numbers was to go out in the evening and actively seek them out and kill them.
I cut them in half with the secateurs whilst pruning.

I got moaned at on here last time I said that so if anyone is unhappy with my treatment of slugs then send me a stamped-self-addressed box and I'll send them to you with a bit of lettuce for the journey.
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Old 15.04.2013, 18:06
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

How do you feel about escargot?

Maybe instead of simply killing them, you can eat them as "Slugs au Riesling"
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2 tablespoons butter
1 shallot, minced
1/2 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley
24 to 30 small slugs, rinsed and drained
50 milliliters Riesling wine
1 teaspoon flour
60 milliliters heavy cream
fine salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
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butter
4 5-mm thick slices baguette
1. Preheat broiler.
2. Melt the butter in a small frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the shallot, garlic, and half the parsley. Cook until the shallots are soft. Add the slugs and continue cooking for a couple of minutes.
3. In the meantime, butter the bread slices lightly on both sides and place on a baking sheet. Set aside.
4. Add the wine to the snail mixture. Sprinkle with the flour and mix well. Increase the heat to high and cook for a couple of minutes. Do not let the sauce become too dry. Add the cream and continue cooking.
5. In the meantime, toast the bread under the broiler until browned on both sides. Place two croutons on each heated serving plate.
6. Season the snails with salt and pepper. Add the remaining minced parsley and mix. Divide the snails over the croutons. Serve immediately.
More seriously:
The gardening page I read suggests saving your egg shells as you use them, then crush them into your garden. Apparently the slugs don't like sliding over the sharp edges.
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Old 15.04.2013, 18:17
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

Nematodes are the answer. Reasonably available in the Uk. however unfortunately I've no idea how you go about getting any in Switzerland.
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The gardening page I read suggests saving your egg shells as you use them, then crush them into your garden. Apparently the slugs don't like sliding over the sharp edges.
Does that actually work? People recommend a similar treatment for scorpions in Arizona. A swimming pool filter media called diatomaceous earth. It's a powder that scorpions supposedly can't cross without cutting their little dainty feet.

There really is a home remedy for everything!
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Nematodes are the answer. Reasonably available in the Uk. however unfortunately I've no idea how you go about getting any in Switzerland.
You can buy nematodes from Andermatt Biogarten (www.biogarten.ch). That's the only source I've found so far for slug/snail nematodes.

I've also used copper tape, which seems to work quite well at keeping my neighbors giant slugs out of my garden!
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

One thing I noticed, is that if you stand on a large slug partly squashing it, ideally after rainfall, all the other slugs rush round to eat its insides up. They seem to prefer this to plants or anything else. All you need are some paving slabs surrounding your vegetable patch, and some large shoes. Totally gross I know. Must be my worst ever post. But it does work.
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

Slug pellets work great for me.

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Slug pellets work great for me.

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Until the next rainfall.

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