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In autumn 2010, my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, sold our house and left the flatlands of the east for the mountains of Wales. Our goal is to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle in a place we actually like living. Whilst Ian will continue to earn some money as a freelancer, my part of the project is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as possible. The purpose of this blog is to keep friends updated with how the grand project is progressing, but all are welcome here. If you're not a friend already, well perhaps you might become one.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Slug trap update

This is what I found when I went out to check the slug traps this morning:


Note the complete absence of slugs in the trap. Note the trail of slime up the inside of the trap. Note the happy slug sitting outside the trap, contentedly drinking the beer that is drawn up the trail of slime.

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    1. Yes it is (but preferable to stepping on one in socks). Such is the life of a gardener.

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  2. So...slug traps not that effective then!

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    1. At least not against this slug...

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  3. You need to bury the jar in the ground almost up to it's neck then shelter it a little bit so no rain water gets in. They also seem to like cheap cola and cider more than beer :)

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    1. Thanks for the tips, but I can't see any of those measures making any difference against a slug that's capable of getting in, making a trail, getting out again and using the trail to drink the beer :(

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  4. Rachel I think the best defense I have against slugs is our lovely (all named after Harry Potter Characters) ex-battery hens. They are fantastic, turn slugs into eggs (which you can then sell) and have wicked personalities. They really are the best defense out there, and completely natural/organic :-) This is a lovely blog by the way, I think I may have to become a reader if that is okay? Vikki

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    1. Hi Vikki,
      I'm put off chicken keeping by the need to protect chickens from foxes and veg from chickens. However, a friend said to me just yesterday that I'm welcome to take our slugs round to her place and feed them to her ducks. I'd been a bit nervous of asking people about this, as I assume everyone round here has more than enough slugs of their own. She thinks I'm mad wanting to go to the trouble of collecting them up and taking them round.
      Thank you for nice comments about the blog, and please do become a reader - you are very welcome :-)

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