SLUGS

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wapello

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SLUGS
« on: February 10, 2018, 13:37 »
 My cauli's  and cabbage are rubbish being eaten,,,,,
 My Q is is there any flowers i can plant with the veg to "scare off bug etc"
Colin

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greenjay

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Re: SLUGS
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2018, 17:14 »
i don't know of any plant that will frighten them off.
there are definitely some they like more than others.
on lifting some carrots today and noticed fresh slug damage/presence.
not enough hard frosts this year!

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Christine

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Re: SLUGS
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2018, 18:36 »
I believe that enough hard frosts is the best cure as it reduces the breeding population at the start of the season. Trouble is that last winter was a soft winter so there's an awful lot more than usual that are in need of a deep freeze.

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J_B

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Re: SLUGS
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2018, 09:50 »
cheap value beer  does the trick

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rowlandwells

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Re: SLUGS
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2018, 19:56 »
I agree slugs where rife last year as said mild winter lots of slugs I used plenty of blue pellets on covered plots where the birds can't get at the only problem is rain tends tended to dissolve the pellets quicker so what I'm going to try this season  is pellets in plastic  cut a plastic bottle in half put a few pellets in the half making sure the it tips down as not to get any water in it

and the brassicas will be planted in breathable ground sheeting trial and error comes to mind

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Re: SLUGS
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 04:07 »
I'm afraid slugs are always going to be a potential problem, and you can never eradicate them completely. I have found that the only way is to attack them on a number of fronts - beer traps as long as you empty them regularly, pellets where produce is netted from birds, halves of squeezed oranges, and oriental greens - they will always go for pak choi and Chinese cabbage before anything else, so sow some amongst your other crops and then have an evening with a torch and a knife. Don't get arrested though!

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rowlandwells

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Re: SLUGS
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 10:54 »
just to add if its any consolation the field next to me was set with rape seed last year as it grew so the slugs went to town on it despite several lashings of slug pellets some of the field looks bare no plants whatsoever now the pigeons have started feasting on it

maybe it will be ploughed up in spring and re set with something ells? :unsure:

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al78

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Re: SLUGS
« Reply #7 on: Today at 08:54 »
We haven't had a lack of frost here in Sussex, but I have reduced slug damage by applying nematodes just before sowing or planting out (March/April), and putting copper rings around seedlings. A second application of nematodes applied late spring/early summer to reduce potato damage.



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