WEEDING AND HOEING WITH A VIEW TO KEEPING SLUGS IN CHECK – FOURTH WEEK IN APRIL 2011

This may not be a popular view but I am reluctant to remove dandelions until their flowers are finished. The bees appreciate the dandelion as it one of the few plentiful flowers around at present on which to feed. However the slugs love the shelter all plants provide, so a balance must be struck if veg and fruit plants are to survive.

Several approaches to slug control are generally necessary in my patch. Direct slug hunts at night are critical. Hoeing around vulnerable plants in the morning helps by wrecking the slimy pathways laid down by slugs which other slugs would then follow. The plank of wood to lure slugs away from hideways can make capture easier and the good old beer traps are in reserve – if I ever have a surplus of beer!

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