How to keep the slugs away! - 24. February 2021
In March, the garden can be difficult to resist. Planting takes place, the seeds germinate, and tender leaves emerge in search of that lovely spring sun. Unfortunately, we are not the only ones who want to celebrate the new season. Slugs are also emerging and ruining our crops!
Like our plants, there is no doubt that slugs also have their place in nature. But very few gardeners are ready to welcome them into their vegetable garden. How can you rid of them organically?
As always, it's better to be safe than sorry. Create a favourable spot for hedgehogs in your garden, and you will have faithful allies on your side!
One strategy is to sacrifice some plants in order to save others. By planting courgettes, poppies, or cabbage in a corner of the garden, you can hope to attract slugs on that side. However, this can also facilitate their multiplication and can have a boomerang effect!
Remove physical barriers to prevent slugs from being able to reach your plants. You can see some options here.
Go on a slug hunt, this is one of the oldest methods, but it is a sticky affair. Once you have collected them, you can either release them in another place, cut them or cover them with boiling water. By offering them "shelter” in the form of boards arranged on the ground, cartons, or buckets of water, they gather in the shelter, which facilitates the harvest.
Nematodes are microscopic worms that fight slugs in the soil. This is an effective method from March to April.
ORGANIC granules! Yes, this exists. Unlike highly toxic, traditional granules, new iron phosphate products are biodegradable and do not harm hedgehogs, other animals or even children. Spread directly after sowing or after planting your plants.