I’ve planted numerous seeds and seedlings (patiently waiting 6 or 7 weeks for my carrots to pop up their first leaves, then….) only to have them eaten overnight. It’s devastating to spend all that time nuturing seeds, only for them to become the next gastropod meal. I guess I haven’t taken enough care, though.
Green Harvest have a good info sheet on organic slug and snail control. Options include using inverted orange or grapefuit halves (once you’ve squeezed them), sawdust, eggshells, wood ash, beer traps.Then there’s commercial products like copper bands or spray and environmentally friendly pellets and organic garlic sprays.
I’ve tried some of these, but without success. They also suggest going out on a night mission to capture/kill these nocturnal pests. The chilly central Victorian nights at the moment makes this one a challenge though.
At the least, we need a garden-wide assault on them; solo gardeners won’t be able to tackle the problem, though they may encourage the soft-bodied beasts over to the neighbour’s plot!
I’m interested in any ideas on how to tackle ’em – perhaps a communal night hunt? Or a group purchase/making of some friendly detterent?