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    Default Sweet peppers, slugs and blue pellets of death

    Don't know why I'm posting this, just to vent and rant I suppose. Popped up to the plot on the way to work for a little watering in the tunnel and the slugs have been at my sweet peppers. Was so proud of them. Started in early February and nurtured with all the care I could give them. Lots of flowers and a few peppers growing well (about half an inch big). Felt sick looking at the half munched little fruit.
    So that's it. Slug pellets for me. Been trying my best to do it the organic/non-pellet way but I can't sit by and watch the slimey buggers eat my months of work. So why do I feel guilty!!??
    Time for a coffee and a bit of staring out the window
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    Oh, I know what you mean - I had 12 savoy cabbages, 12 caulis and 8 brussels plants all coming on great guns...they survived about a week outside and the slimy pests did for them...

    I am definitely going to adopt the blue pellets of death approach...so I get at least a sprout for xmas dinner...

    It does indeed make you feel sad and also the guilt...theres only so may I can chop in half with my hoe, or ping onto my neighbours plot
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    Half an inch big ... that's bite-size to a slug.

    I don't plant anything on the lotty until it's bigger than a slug's gob


    Seriously, if you use pellets you MUST use them sparingly, don't lay a blue carpet of them. Single ones are like sweeties, they attract the slugs away from your plants. Masses of them are actually repellant, and the slugs avoid them.
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    Thanks, I didn't know that.

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    Nor me. I have only started using them since I no longer have chickens. It says on the packet that they are compatible with organic gardening......however this year i have also bought something for the flea beetle ...so not quite as organic as I was! Havent used it yet - hoping i might not have to - the rocket has come up not very holy.....

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    slug pellets is nothing to feel guilty about .... i'm growing for me, not the slugs, so i'll use the pellets ....

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    I also used some on the allotment this year - don't feel guilty. I have nematodes on order, but needed to plant out my squashes and the runner beans I put in up there have been decimated with two thirds of the leaves lacework. Hoping not to use any more though once things are established.

    Slugs really are icky critters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabidbun View Post
    I have nematodes on order
    there was a thread on the forums recently about making your own nematodes .... gotta be worth a go ...

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