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A fort knox for slug vulnerable seedlings?  RSS feed

 
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Evening all,

It seems that the flowers (marigolds, cosmos etc) I have sown in seed trays in an attempt to attract beneficial wildlife always seem to get totally bull dozed by the slugs and snails.

And so I was thinking of creating a fort knox seed area underneath my two squared metre cloches where I can simply put seeds sown in seed trays and hope that the following measures will stop the slugs in their tracks:

1. laying the seed trays on a bed of sharp sand(?) or a similar product to help make slugging over it difficult.
2. using organic slug pellets sprinkled within and around the area
3. having a few beer traps within the IPZ (intensive protection zone) LOL.

This area will be reserved only for plants which I keep losing to those slimy critters.

Any ideas if this will work/any suggestions?

Many thanks,

Samuel
 
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Beer traps work. But because of the yeast smell, not the alcohol. Yeasty sourdough starter painted on some rotting wood works almost as well.

Chicory is also a slug magnet, yet the plant shows few ill effects. In the mornings, I pull a few chicory leaves, complete with resident slugs and throw them in the chicken pen.

Halved citrus shells also work. A grapefruit half (minus the part you had for breakfast) can easily pull in a dozen slugs.
 
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is there an organic slug pellet?
 
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Slugs and snails won't cross copper tape- I keep my seedlings in trays on a table with a bit of copper tape around each table leg.
 
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