Growing your own vegetables? If, like me, you are doing battle with legions of horrid garden slugs, rest assured that help is at hand.
Up until now, I’ve always gone for methods of slug control that are purse-friendly, but primitive. If I catch them anywhere near my lollo rosso, the salt scatters and the brick swings. My husband is horrified by my barbaric behaviour – a display of sensitivity that I find somewhat incongruous, coming from an enthusiastic crustacea consumer. The poison pellets kill hedgehogs (much more worthy of preservation, in my opinion), and the gloopy slug deterrent that I squirted around my patio pots was expensive and soon gone. Pfffffff to that, says Salad Psycho Thrifty.
Now Weezl, over at Weezl’s Weblog, has come up with a garden tip that’s so darned tootin’, I can’t resist sharing it with you.
Mr Weezl cleverly hammered flat some copper pipe we found in the garage and nailed it round the top of the new raised bed he built. It was meant to be a slug deterrent.
Self- confessedly feeling like an 8 year old boy, he just picked one up and placed it on the copper, ‘just to see…’ :). Well, it writhed and foamed and generally did not seem to be happy. Yuck. But I think we can safely say it’s a good trick for anyone trying to avoid the dreaded blue pellets, and go more organic!
Copper piping costs around £3 a metre, new – but if you don’t have any lying around, I’d be surprised if you looked in a skip and didn’t find some! And that’s my husband’s Sunday sorted…