How are you finding the slugs this year? Quite frankly I’m fed up with them already and we’re only half way through. Despite various attempts at protecting seedlings I’ve lost all bar one of my own kale plants as well as chard and beetroot seedlings and have had to re-sow them. I can completely understand why people get so exasperated with these destructive and hungry little creatures!
We’ve been suffering the same problems with slugs and snails in the community gardens too.
In Goresbridge the beer traps have worked very well in the polytunnel and are full every time we check them.
Today in Callan community garden we’re trying a different product that I haven’t spotted before – Slug Defence Gel that one of the gardeners Siobhan picked up in the local Woodies store.
You can see from the photos, it’s exactly what it says it is on the bottle – a liquid gel. We’ve added a ring of it around the brassica plants that we planted out in the garden today, as well as squirted a ring around the entire bed in an effort to dissuade the slimy creatures.
Immediate signs look good – we tried smearing some gel on a trowel and seeing if a slug would crawl over it – it curled up into a ball and wouldn’t budge (see above)! From what we can see it wont kill the slugs – they just don’t seem to like it.
With the wet weather due again over the next couple of weeks we may see the slugs return. Here’s a post I wrote last year on fifteen organic methods of slug control – we’re working our way through them once again…
One week later and NO plants have been nibbled that were surrounded by the gel.
(Disclaimer: this is a personal post and not sponsored by any product or shop.)