Shed and Garden – Slugs natures evil wossnames

This will be the odd post in the style of home and garden (maybe not) that will be a post about me whingeing about my failues as a gardener.

Today it’s about slugs, in Welsh Wales we have been getting lots and lots and blod%y lots of slugs in the wilco garden (and elsewhere Iam told!)

My little gastropod mollusk enemies have done the following damage so far

1) Eaten my strawberries
2) Munched their way through my courgettes
3) Decemated my peppers
4) Starting making their evil way to shed to see if they can get my broadbean plants before I plant them out (ok Iam late but iam a total beginner)

This had to stop, so took the advice of Bob flowerdew from this organic gardening book.

I bough some copper tape from ebay, this seems to have worked for my potatoes I grow them in bags, so put the tape on around the bag, but they pesky beggers are still around looking to nibble on any new plant.

So I have decided to take another more germ warefare route and bought some nematodes from Unwins, but you can buy it on ebay as well.

The control of slugs is very difficult, slug pellets are effective ,but can have serious effects on birds, pets and wildlife, They are also only effective on slugs at the surface. By treating with Nemaslug® it is specific to slugs and will not affect birds, pets or any wildlife and is effective both above and below ground. Nemaslug® is a naturally occurring parasitic nematode of slugs – Phasmarhabditis Hermaphrodita. The nematode enters the slug through the slug mantle – the saddle like structure on its back. Once inside, the nematode releases a bacterium which multiply and this is what the nematode feeds on. The nematodes multiply and within 3-5 days the slug stops feeding and will burrow underground to die.

I used the stuff last night so will let you know how I get on next week.

By Andrew Wilcox

I love sheds Founder & judge of Shed of the year - Wilco writes mainly about sheds. About the blog Enter your shed into #shedoftheyear


  1. Our current method is to use beer pots and we’ve caught a lot. Also we have lots of bushes and shrubs to attract birds and other animals that might eat the slugs and snails. Hopefully you don’t have any of those nasty white slugs.

    1. the tape seems to have worked the last few days,

      to be honest I dont want to waste my ale, but may have to get some cheap stuff just for the slugs.

      normal slugs not the white ones thankfully

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