egg shells for slugs?

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egg shells for slugs?
« on: May 26, 2009, 09:39 »
I can start o see the workings of slugs on the allotment and need to think of things to do to stop them!

I'm hesitant to use slug pellets as I don't want birds eating the remnants of the slugs and digesting the same chemicals! So I was thinking a sprinkling of agg shells around individual plants and beer traps. How d I 'prepare' the egg shells? Do they need drying and then whizzed up into a powder or just roughly crushed? not sure how 'fine' they can be?



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Re: egg shells for slugs?
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2009, 10:06 »
I just roughly crush mine. Also try the garlic water treatment. It seems to be working here. :) Slugs hate garlic. Two garlic bulbs chopped up and boiled in two pints of water. The mixture is cooled, strained and then made back up to two pints. A desert spoon is then added to a full watering can and susceptible plants watered in the evening. This is a friends recipe. After straining I take the remains and boil again and let steep for a bit. Then drain and bottle up a batch at a time. Makes about 2 litres. :) I keep mine in the fridge.

Oh and keeps vampires away too. :)

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