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Slug Resistant Plants

From: Anne Myers Date: 17/04/2002
Natural deterrents include-

Plant Lavender as a border to vegetable plots.

Plant Allium, Garlic or wormwood near vulnerable plants.

Use a few drops of essential oil of Cedarwood or Pineoil near vulnerable plants. <>Use fir cones as a barrier.

From: Anne Davies Date: 07/05/2002
I use salt; I know this is no good in the rain, but we don't have too much here. Gravel does work as well.

I think I probably have quite a few useful predators. Snails are a bigger problem.

I did find some nests this winter, in tree trunks and under bags etc, so destroyed them.

The other thing is that we should, really, grow more plants they don't like.

From: Howard Foster Date: 08/05/2002
Grow slug resistant plants. I discovered last year that they don't like Busy-lizzies or begonias, despite devastating adjacent plants. There must be others.
From: Barbara Anstie Date: 09/05/2002
After years of slugging away in the garden I've settled on three successful, unmessy, wildlife friendly strategies:

1. Most successful: grow things that slugs don't eat, therefore they are no longer your foe and you can even come to admire them; snails too. Can you post a page for gardeners to contribute the names of such plants?[See The Little Book of Slugs for a comprehensive list, Ed]

2. Successful in limited areas: hostas and strawberries grow well next to the wildlife pond. Let frogs do the work.

3. Limited success but very satisfying: treat them to flying lessons, ie over the wall to neighbour's field of ducks & chickens. I'm sure they come back, so am going to mark them this year!

From: Denise Date: 24/05/2002
1. Collecting at night, using a fork so you don't get covered in slime! If you do, wipe it off with kitchen roll before washing your hands.

2. Beer traps: we brewed our own beer to reduce the cost! It keeps evaporating, or else the slugs are drinking it and not drowning. Limited success.

3. Put out slices of bread in a plastic container with water and they line up like pigs at a trough - amazing! You then need to pick them off or squash them.

Plants that have not been eaten are: blue ribbed hostas (varigated ones are very prone to slugs); geraniums; marjoram and sedum! Perhaps we should just plant these and stop worrying about the slugs and snails!

From: Julian Ashworth Date: 28/05/2002
I am about to give up the battle, frankly, and am considering regressing to a basic gardening principle; grow plants according to your conditions. If you have loads of slugs, there's no point battling away trying to get rid of them all, simply choose to grow plants that slugs don't eat.

What I don't know, without lots of time consuming and expensive trial and error, is which plants slugs like and which they don't. It would be interesting for your site / book to include a list of these. Of particular interest would be a list of plants (herbs and veg especially) edible to humans but not slugs. [The Little Book of Slugs contains a comprehesive list of slug resistant plants and is now available, Ed.]

From: Mrs Joan Hubbold Date: 04/06/2002
Place saucers of water in the garden on on hot summer evenings or if folk chose to spend, cat and dog food work the same. Go out late evening and there they are!

Stop growing plants they love.

Also, if you are like me and have a main road at one side of your garden (unfortunately), then sling them over the wall discreetly and it is a very kind and quick death. Or just place them on the road.

If you feed a fox late at night slugs will always collect on their food, and even when there isn't any food there the concrete still smells of food.

I am 80 years old and love gardening, but I never use slug pellets.

From: Alison Carter Date: 06/07/2002
My garden is a slug festival all summer, every year. But the house is almost worse. We bought the old house from a lady who introduced us to the two usual slugs, Pat and Fred. They visited at night and could be encountered if we came downstairs any time after lights out. I'm always stepping on them. But the previous owner was not a gardener and now that I've been developing the garden for some years, I hate the b******s with a loathing beyond expression.

There is NO WAY to beat them. I'm gradually moving to growing only plants that they don't eat, and giving up on growing annuals and anything tender. My poor children have lost so many seeds and runner beans. Stick to pelargonia, geraniums, tomatoes (why don't they eat tomatoes??), nice, tough and beautiful shrubs - my list is in production. If I find a slug, I put it in a cottage cheese pot (the only sort of plastic we buy that we can't recycle locally), sellotape it in, and bin it. A slow death. Often in pairs. Pat and Fred went this way and their descendants seem to appear in pairs too. Woe betide them.

From: Susan Ault Date: 12/07/2002
As a resident of south Manchester, I have all too much trouble with slugs. I read somewhere that they don't like monkshood, but they ate mine, poor thing.

Why don't slugs eat weeds?

From: Jane Wheeler Date: 03/08/2002
After a boozy BBQ, several empty beer cans were left strewn about the garden. When I collected them up the following morning nearly all had at least one slug inside. Because the cans were a self contained trap I could put them straight in the bin with none of the mess of a normal beer trap. However, I normally recycle all my cans and I'm not sure how keen the recycle centre would be on having slugs as well!!

My normal method of slug killing is an old pair of scissors (known as the "slug scissors"), kept for the sole purpose of cutting slugs in half. I leave the corpses for 1/2 hour and when I return they have attracted more slugs, who can then be killed alongside their supper!

We have a lot of frogs and hedgehogs in the garden who very kindly clean up the remains, unless it is a squashed slug - a good stamp with a Doc Martens boot will kill them - which they always leave.

I have also noted that slugs are attracted to the dog's mess that has lain in the garden overnight. Cleaning up after the dog is a nasty enough job without the revolting addition of a slug!

I once had some limited success in keeping slugs off my hostas by allowing chives to grow in the same pot. The slugs left it alone but unfortunately not the snails.

Good luck with the book.

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