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|Garden Blether - A Slug Blether
Illustrations this article by Louise PeacockMarch 2002
By Patrick Vickery (Copyright reserved Patrick Vicery)
If you have a slug problem then get a hedgehog.
"I want a hedgehog, please," you say, "a slug-eating hedgehog."
"We don't do slug-eating hedgehogs, just slug pellets." "Oh," I say, "and
what happens if a passing hedgehog eats the slug pellets?" "It dies of course."
Now you can't buy hedgehogs in the Garden Centre of course, but what you can buy is hedging plants - hedging plants that will grow into fine hedges and provide just the right sort of environment for passing hedgehogs.
Now if all this sounds too complicated, too time consuming, then a patch of scrub land in the garden, a small over-grown area with weeds and a bit of long grass (a miniature 'wildlife' garden really) will attract them as well. While you're waiting for passing hedgehogs to turn up and populate your garden, of course, you'll have to tolerate a bit of slug damage now and again, that's inevitable. But if you have a particular plant in the garden that's a cherished one, then sprinkle a handful of salt or some grit around it as a slug barrier. Slugs don't like this. Slugs like to glide over smooth surfaces, not sharp or salty ones.But the best method of all, the guaranteed 'one hundred per cent' method of eradicating slugs, is to buy a torch, go slug hunting at night and then pick them off by hand. Simple as that. A fun activity, and an activity that will surely enrich your personal life.
What is it tonight, then? The pub, the cinema, early to bed for a bit of 'this and that', or a spot of slug hunting by torchlight? It's got to be slug hunting, hasn't it? Slug hunting by torchlight. Great fun.
Now if all this sounds too complicated, too wishy-washy, a load of horticultural mumbo-jumbo - pure hogwash - then there's nothing to prevent you from buying an assortment of chemical applications from the Garden Centre to kill them with. But be careful, because one man's chemical solution to the problem is another man's time bomb.
So there we are.
(Copy write 2002 Patrick Vickery)
|This page was updated August 8/04|