We just put our plants in the ground 2 weeks ago and already we've got a major infestation of slugs. They have taken out our bok choy almost complety
and they have spread throughout our lettuces and asian greens. After doing research, I'm thinking that the nematodes would get rid of the buggers and the diatomaceous earth would help keep them contained to where they are? I would hate it if they moved to my other bed and got my broccoli and peppers! If anyone has any advice on how to eliminate these pests we would surely appreciate it! I'm trying to avoid Sluggo because I've heard it is controversial with organic gardeners.
For years we grappled with the slugs. We tried everything and many things that worked for others just didn't work for us copper, egg shells, even a beer trap they somehow managed to cross, I think we must have very skilled or mutant slugs here.
We hardly get any now, the best thing we ever did was get ducks!
The chicken and geese did not clear slug in the scale the ducks have, since having the ducks its rare if you find one, even after turning things over and if there is one they are there in a millisecond gobbling it up.
The ducks rarely touch the seedlings but they are kept off simple due to them squashing them, once they are high enough though they are allowed back in with them. If you start them off indoors or in a green house you only have a short time of having to find another method before you let the birds back in.
There would be ways around it also like netting or fencing just to stop trampling.
Some peoples ducks have been known to eat seedlings, but our runners never do, we have a hard time trying to get them to eat any veg or fruit for that matter.