Hive mind – letters to the editor – Autumn Equinox ’23

Sep 21, 2023

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Slugs galore!

The latest question for the hive mind is the slippery topic of pest control.

“Is it just me or are there way more of these massive slugs about this year? The Arion ater; sometimes big and black but this year they are mainly brown with an orange skirt… As a market garden with over an acre of crops, we resort to the time consuming ‘secateur technique’ as pest control on the most at risk crops.” Asks WWOOFer Alice.

The photos below are from the vegetable beds and you can see the ‘aters’ in action as well as the secateurs of doom (the colour red is supposed to be a warning sign in nature, one of danger, but slugs must be colour blind or just too clever!)

Some people collect the slugs and feed them to ducks or take them for little journey to another corner of a field but can anyone offer Alice an alternative solution to slug control on larger scale plots – better than just snipping them in half? 

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