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That's the reason my Poet's Daffodil doesn't bloom...

28 Apr 2012
Rainy 21°C / 70°F

For weeks I have been trying to convince myself that this year slugs aren’t as much a problem as they were last year.

But today the moment came that I had to face the truth…


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Oh dear, what a shame, greedy little things. I will be planting out a Yerba Mate I have been nurturing in a pot for a while. As I do not drink caffeinated beverages any more, people have asked why would I grow this tree? Simple answer, snails and slugs will have a very bad time when I can spray sensitive plants with a good dose of caffeine. I just hope the lizards that eat the snails and slugs do not get too ‘wired’, but can’t find any information about that.

Posted on 28 Apr 12 (over 3 years ago)

eeww. too bad. i have issues with these too, but am too lazy/worried about causing harm to do anything about them other than copper collars around new seedlings.

Posted on 29 Apr 12 (over 3 years ago)
AnneTanne

AnneTanne

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Caffeine… didn’t hear about that yet. Like anelson, I’m afraid to use slug pellets, even the ‘ferri phosphate’ based, after I did some research on the www and found out that even those ‘organic’ pellets might be harmful.
But last week I ordered a packet of nematodes , to use in the vegetable garden.

Posted on 29 Apr 12 (over 3 years ago)

Looks like you have a population explosion there!
Hadn’t heard about the caffeine either or the Yerba mate. I thought it was just the abrasive/drying effect of recommended coffee grounds around plants – not realising that caffeine might also play a part.

Posted on 29 Apr 12 (over 3 years ago)

We use stale or cheep beer here. We place it in a small container that is sunk into the ground with only a small portion of the lip showing, and fill not quite to the top with beer. Pill bugs and slugs cannot resist, they fall in and drown. In peak slug season, we may find the entire container filled with slugs by morning. @anelson you might try this, too.

Posted on 29 Apr 12 (over 3 years ago)
AnneTanne

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Yes, we use beertraps too…
I should go buy some cheap beer tomorrow… At the moment we only have our favourites in the cellar, and those critters won’t get a sip of West-Vleteren or Orval… ;-)

Posted on 29 Apr 12 (over 3 years ago)
Tralamander

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Was just about to suggest beer and salt. ;)

Posted on 29 Apr 12 (over 3 years ago)

Awww. I know the problem. I noticed that my daffodils which are growing near where I’ve laid brush chip mulch, were especially hard hit. The little ‘devils’ love hiding in the mulch during the day and then coming out at night, wreaking havoc.

Posted on 30 Apr 12 (over 3 years ago)

Holy mackerel! What a slug fest!

Posted on 30 Apr 12 (over 3 years ago)
AnneTanne

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@rosemarieGardener: you’re right… it’s the chip mulch. It’s only since last year that slugs are a problem in my garden… and I suspect that the chip mulch we started to use is the culprit.

Posted on 30 Apr 12 (over 3 years ago)

My chickens eat all the slugs in the back yard, but they only work because we have to tender plants for them to eat or disrupt themselves. In the front, I haven’t figured out what to do yet. I’ll be interested to hear what course you decide on!

Posted on 30 Apr 12 (over 3 years ago)

YIkes – that’s a lot of slugs!!! Bummer.

Posted on 01 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

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