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bastard slugs are eating EVERYTHING this year! what won't they eat?

(119 Posts)
cormsilkye Fri 06-Jul-12 19:02:54

bastard slugs and I suspect the snails are having a go as well
what plants do slugs not like to eat? I like cottage garden flowery types if that helps

AlmostAHipster Fri 06-Jul-12 19:03:35

Salt smile

cormsilkye Fri 06-Jul-12 19:06:35

I know but it seems so cruel - my mum always used to use it! Although I did plonk a few in a bucket of water earlier on....

LadySybildeChocolate Fri 06-Jul-12 19:07:45

Have you tried putting a layer of straw under the plants/veg? This works really well for keeping them away from strawberries, so should work for other things. It's the damp weather, I'm afraid.

Kveta Fri 06-Jul-12 19:08:17

they don't eat any slug bait apparently. or weeds. the bastards angry

bigTillyMint Fri 06-Jul-12 19:08:23

Slug pelletswink Or collect them up after the rain and take them to the park!

cormsilkye Fri 06-Jul-12 19:09:55

I've given up on the strawberries - they are all munched
I'll try putting straw around the plants they munch on most though - thanks for that smile

sadnoonie Fri 06-Jul-12 19:12:38

Stupid question - where do you get the straw from? Going to do this next year as I would like some strawberries for us, not for the evil slimy munching bastards!

cormsilkye Fri 06-Jul-12 19:23:48

I've got straw in already from pets at home - I'll use that

LadySybildeChocolate Fri 06-Jul-12 19:34:27

The pet shop or garden centre. Snails and slugs hate it because the edges are sharp. I currently have a bird stealing the cherries off my tree. I'm going to string up some old cd's.

sadnoonie Fri 06-Jul-12 19:49:22

Of course a pet shop!

<strikes brow>

Used to have a guinea pig and needed straw all the time. Damn you, baby brain!

Cremolafoam Fri 06-Jul-12 19:51:25

Dahlias - gone
Sunflowers - munched now black stump
Gooseberries - eaten by vine weevils
Red currents - same
Found 17 slugs in a window box today- am teaching them to fly later

GrimmaTheNome Fri 06-Jul-12 19:55:20

I don't think they eat lilies.

They leave those for the lily beetles... just started getting those this year.

AdventuresWithVoles Fri 06-Jul-12 20:00:58

Beer traps. War over the strawberries is nearly done, for this year.
We've had a plummet in frog + toad numbers since DH moved the pond in 2009, I think they kept the slugs down previously. sad

Aquelven Fri 06-Jul-12 20:27:33

There's not much they son't eat but they never touch aquelegias, lady's mantle, foxgloves. There are others but my mind's gone blank at the moment!

Aquelven Fri 06-Jul-12 20:28:34

Won't not son't, sorry, rubbish typing.

HumphreyCobbler Fri 06-Jul-12 20:29:27

bloody bastard slugs.

They are really getting on my nerves this year. There are thousands and thousands.

Meglet Fri 06-Jul-12 20:34:43

Beer traps. Sink margarine tubs into the ground and pour a can in.

I use Sainsburys basics beer as it's dead cheap. It means I look like I have an alcohol problem when I buy it but it wipes the slugs out so I don't care.

bettythebuilder Fri 06-Jul-12 20:47:48

they're a nightmare this year, I lost so many plants when we were on holiday in June and I couldn't go on snail patrol that I've resorted to the pellets. Garden was like the Land of the Living Dead Slug the next day yet still the plants are being eaten.
The garden is now so wet I even have a couple of frogs moved in, despite not having a pond, but they seem to be vegetarians- all they do is hop out on me unexpectedly when I'm weeding, but they are not being useful and eating the bloody slugs and snails!

Willemdefoeismine Fri 06-Jul-12 20:49:11

Coffee grounds!

NickyNackyNooNoo Fri 06-Jul-12 20:51:47

French marigolds are the answer, slugs hate them as do greenfly and aphids (is that spelt right?!) they also brighten things up grin

bettythebuilder Fri 06-Jul-12 20:51:54

really, Willem? Just scatter them around the plants, or dig them into the soil? How often? <excited>

Willemdefoeismine Fri 06-Jul-12 21:17:49

Well we always drink proper coffee and tip the cold grounds onto the soil around our cherished plants and it totally seems to work - you need to leave them lying on the soil though rather than digging them in....they don't like to slime over the grounds because they are rough!

Try it and see grin - quite an expensive solution though unless you drink real coffee anyway!

AdventuresWithVoles Fri 06-Jul-12 21:19:43

Coffee tip is great, DH hates me putting it in compost anyway.

Beamur Fri 06-Jul-12 21:24:09

We have severe slug/snail predation, so trial and error has shown they don't eat too much of - poppies, lobelia, geraniums and pelargoniums, lavender (although they will eat the flowers if they are allowed to) and verbena seem to do reasonably well in our garden. We have some other spreading perennials - heuchera? that they ignore too.
Slug traps work just as well with a bit of yeast, with a pinch of sugar and a large spoon of salt - it's the fermenting yeast smell they home in on.
I'm getting tough this year and kill on sight. I go hunting with secateurs in hand and snip them in half - they sometimes recover from salt.

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