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When slugs attack

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All this rain has brought slugs and snails. My cucumbers have been devastated as have the green beans ūüôĀ

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This particular culprit has been dealt with.

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The bar is open

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Beans. Squash. Unfortunately they’re big fans of the slugs and snails.

As is beer.

I like beer, not a big fan of Becks which was bought in for a friend. So the slugs can have it. Few years ago I tried Kaliber on them. They liked it as much as I did. To be honest, I wouldn’t enjoy drowning in it either, but then again Becks is off the menu for me too. Perhaps a good real ale would be better. I’ll wait before pouring a good ale away for their benefit!

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I’ve even found one to fit between the flowers I’ve put out.

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When slugs attack

Ack! Yet again those slippery slugs have managed to get at our beans! ¬†Here’s a list of six things you can do to combat slugs:

  1. wait till dark and go hunting with a torch
  2. run copper tape round the base of plants – no point nailing them to wooden boards as they can travel through the soil
  3. put porridge down around vulnerable plants Рslug love it and it dries them out
  4. beer in jam jars (just make them higher than the surrounding ground, slugs get in, but beetles don’t fall in) suckers them in to drown drunk
  5. slug pellets – least liked, but best to put them under logs etc
  6. nematodes Рsmall worm like creatures that squirm up slugs back passages and eat them from the inside out.  Take that slugs!

Pictures from left: First pic – of bean growing through the side of paper pot, 2nd pic slug destroyed bean plants, 3rd pic fresh asparagus! mmm tasty… 4th pic latest view of the smelly fertiliser decomposing!

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I ATEN’T DEAD

Almost recovered from my swine flu, though to be honest the bank holiday weekend really took it out of me.¬† I did a bit of planting at the local St John Ambulance station (They now have much prettier baskets outside) and made some wholemeal bread.¬† If you aren’t aware you can buy fresh yeast from your local supermarket (assuming they bake bread fresh and don’t just bake half baked bread like my local Somerfields).¬† It’s usually quite cheap and you can get more than you’d usually get in a fast bake pack.¬† I also used this to make wholemeal pizza.

Sunday/Monday is airshow and the weather really was good for it.  Fortunately my allotment is on the flightpath for the local airport and we got some really good views of the red arrows, as well as assorted other craft including what I believe was a spitfire.

Whilst down the lottie I also managed to completely clean out the pond which was full of dirt and relocated the fish to the now shaded waterbarrel.¬† Similarly I also fixed the other barrel, strimmed the grass, did a bit of weeding, dug a new bed for the tomatoes and then I did something I’ve been meaning to do for absolutely ages.¬† I installed some watersaving devices.

Now I don’t get a lot of time to tend my plot in the morning, seeing as I get to work for 8.¬† What I¬†spend most my time doing is running around manically watering.¬† I do this because if you water late at night, you get slugs.¬† Water in the morning and the ground has a chance of drying before the invading armies make it over the beds to your delicious plants.¬† However when it gets dry, and on clay soil like mine it gets really dry, when you water, most of the time the water just drains off on the surface.

There are two ways to get the water where it is needed.¬† Both are dead simple and are very similar.¬† Way number one is to chop up an old drainpipe and push it into the soil around the plants roots.¬† About 1/3 in the soil, the rest sitting out.¬† You can use any length or diameter.¬† Similarly you can use plant pots – just dig a hole around the base of the plant, push in the pot and with both methods, you can then fill to the brim with water.¬† It’ll gradually soak away into the soil straight into the roots where it’s needed and not off to the sides where you’ll usually find oodles of weeds.

It’s reduced my watering already today by 100% – but that’s because it’s cats and dogs outside right now…

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