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Hanneke Holland
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Long time reader here, and now I've actually registered. First post, yay!

I'm rather new to permaculture, I only discovered it about half a year ago. At the moment, I'm transforming my small back yard into a sort-of permaculture edible garden. I'm winter sowing like mad, I'm planning to build a few hugel beds once it stops raining over here, and last fall I already did the thing with cardboard-compost-mulch (wood chips and dead leaves near the trees and straw everywhere else), so I can start with a grass- and weed free garden once I can start planting all the new stuff. Already planted some fruit trees (cherries and nashi-pear) and some berries (ribes and Vaccinium myrtillus, our native blue berry), and so far things are looking fine.

I already had pretty good soil maybe because I always used to plant some vegetables sort of randomly in between flowering plants and because I only pulled weeds that I really found were ugly and let the rest just have their weedy way. I don't know for certain but I must have done something good over the years, because other people over here complain about the heavy clay, while the soil on my tiny property is loose and very much alive. If I peek under the remains of the card board now, it's one big happy worm party, so I think I've got the most important thing covered.

I do have one rather big problem though: slugs and snails. I've got one big toad living in my garden and now and again a hedgehog visits, but still, my garden - and especially the vegetables - seem to be some kind of slug heaven. I've set beer traps and all, but they keep coming, in all shapes and sizes. It's a pity I don't like to eat escargots, otherwise, I would have been very happy.

I'm planning to set plant traps this year as well, nice yummie plants where they will hopefully gather and lay eggs so I can remove those plants with whole families in them. And I'm going to 'hide' vulnerable plants, see if that works. For example: last fall I've picked some wild carrot seeds, and I'll plant those around the 'regular' carrots.

Anyway, it's not 'real' permaculture what I'm doing, but my goal certainly is.


 
John Polk
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Welcome to permies.

Here is a pretty good read on managing slugs/snails

Something in there should help. It usually takes a combination of techniques in areas where they are really problematic.

 
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