Cristo Balete wrote:I had the same problem with hugel mounds. The rodents were thrilled, everything dried out worse than ever.
I switched over to hugel pits, as deep as my patience allows at the time. Even just one shovel blade deep works. I soak the wood first, try to fill it in with a mixture of stuff. I mound it a little, because it will settle. Mulch it thickly with mowed stuff. Then it doesn't matter if they get into it from below because the sun isn't involved, there are fewer creatures in a wet and damp zone like a hugel pit.
Cristo Balete wrote:Maria, I'm pretty sure slugs are a weather thing and change with each year depending on rainfall. It's not about hugel mounds or pits. There is another thread going on here about thick mulch and too many slugs, but I'll bet that changes with each year as well.
I agree with putting coffee grounds down for slugs because that will also improve your soil and helps with an alkaline pH. Also, sunken half-full beer bowls or a little baker's yeast in leftover fruit juice in sunken bowls, cleaned out each morning. They come for the scent of the yeast. A neighbor of mine takes great delight in cutting each slug in half with scissors. A little morbid for my purposes, but whatever floats your boat.
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