20 April 2009

Allotment frenzy (3)

Gill found this round the back of the shed during a clear out. I think it's been there a while.

As opposed to these, which M and her Dad made last week, in an attempt to keep the pigeons off. Sadly, they appear to have no effect on slugs (I daren't tell M that all her precious radish leaves have been munched).


DrBMBridge said...

I use this for slugs
it works great, but unfortunately did nothing for the groundhog that then appeared and ate everything I had saved from the slugs.

rach said...

Ooh, am intrigued. What's a groundhog? Not sure we can get those in Gateshead!

DrBMBridge said...

I had a look at the slug pellets last night and, even though they're organic gardening approved, there are some strenuous warnings regarding pets and children, so even if there is a comparable product in the UK you might not want to use it with small hands and mouths around. However, I get lots of good tips on organic gardening solutions from the website of a guy who's on the radio over here Mike Mcgrath (found here http://www.whyy.org/91FM/ybyg/). He's done a couple of pieces on keeping slugs away, found under 'S' here: http://tinyurl.com/d9c3ak

Groundhog aka Woodchuck aka devourer of Brussels Sprouts http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog - you probably have to worry about rabbits more, which is lucky because rabbits aren't know for their climbing prowess. Whereas if Groundhogs can't go under they'll happily go over, thus their entirely non-PC nickname of 'fat squirrels'

good luck