Bryant RedHawk wrote:Our first order of slug control is to not mulch the growing beds, this exposes slugs to all predators that can get into that area.
Next on my "kill em, kill em all" list is moles and voles.
Little buggers are back with a vengeance and I must destroy them or convince them to move far away.
Totally agree on the rather counterintuitive do not chop and drop. Compost everything and use that instead and clear yellowing leaves from around brassicas. I wish I had some of the clay I used to complain about for my soil now though.
Also YES TO THE GETTING RID OF MOLES AND VOLES!
The moles are fine, per se, but the voles use mole tunnels to PERSECUTE ME AND MY ATTEMPTS TO GROW FOOD. seriously, they have a plan. I assume in the two years since this post you have sent them over the pond to my little plot.
We use traps baited with peanut butter. We have caught voles, robbins and wrens (sigh). We used to use beer traps for slugs but the phrase 'pissed as a newt' clearly is founded in truth so we stopped using them to protect our inebriate newt population. Him indoors resorted to nightly patrols with a jar of heavily salted water and gloves. Surprisingly this did keep the numbers down significantly but if the allotment is a way from the house it could be a problem.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:
I just pour ammonia into any mole hole I find and soon they have left that area, if I can get them out of the fenced in gardens I'll be very happy.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:hau Mandy,
My mole problem was actually caused by me creating worm friendly soil, the moles are hunting worms for supper and my soil has 350 worms per cubic meter of soil.