This is a post-Olympic post - because here in France of course we don't like you Brits 'cos you've won so many medals and you're better apparently than we in La France - me, I have a leg on each side of the fence (ouch!) 'cos I'm Irish by birth, Brit by passport, French by adoption ... And I know that ground elder flourishes everywhere.
But please if the Geneva convention doesn't forbid, what DO you truly and honestly do to prevent slugs? I used to sprinkle salt, scatter eggshells, plant beer-traps... Laugh in the midnight hour as they scavenged each other... We were equal contestants?
this year, they seem to have beaten me ... the last courgette plant has gone down. Never mind the Floral Dance or the Tango... anybody got a "Kill Slug" Dance?
PS sending this just so you don't think it's any different in France... we eat snails, but obviously not fast enough...
Seriously - slug pellets? lots of night-time sorties? give up and buy plastic plants? Please let me know your (preferably without those blue pellets) preferred remedies... I know they say organic gardeners should 'grow more and allow for pests', but last night & today's forage into my potager somehow makes me feel that 80 per cent (Them) and 15 (Moi) (allow 5 per cent for costs, never mind the physical endeavour I put in) is not a good return!
Hope anyone reading this sympathises - I'm so cross, I think I'm going to go into thistle cultivation! (or do those dratted slimey things eat those, too?)
- 14 Aug, 2012