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Hi, We're going to have another go at growing some of our own food this year - we didn't bother last year after slugs ate almost all of our first attempt the year before :( Whats the easiestmost… Read More
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
Hi,

We're going to have another go at growing some of our own food this year - we didn't bother last year after slugs ate almost all of our first attempt the year before :(

Whats the easiestmost resilient thing to grow this year to get us back into it.

Once we've decided what to grow there seems to be plenty of calendars ect online to tell us when we can plant ect. ect.

Cheers for any advice,
worto.
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
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#1
Parsley - but then, there's only so much you can do with parsley.:thinking:

Seriously, get some tatties in the soil.:thumbsup:
#2
Hi

I had my first attempt at being green-fingered last summer and it was a success! I found most things were relatively easy to grow - potatoes, peas, sweetcorn, spinach, tomatoes, spring onions, etc and were not bothered by slugs. My greatest success came with courgettes - one plant can yield over a dozen courgettes! They do grow outwards quite a bit though so need some room. It tends to be brassicas - cabbages, cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts as well as lettuces - that are targeted by slugs. My friend has bought me a ceramic giant slug into which I can pour beer, let them fall in and they die happily, however, I am not averse to using pellets! Good luck - freshly dug new potatoes fromn your own garden will be the best you have ever tasted!
#3
If you have'nt got much room, plant your seeds in containers with vaseline round the edge, the slugs can't get over the stuff and into your seedlings.
I grew carrots in plastic buckets last year and they were fabulous.
Good luck x
#4
Ok given the current climes and hubby having no job at the mo, you've now got me thinking about growing our own. Mainly potatoes and basic veggies, however i am not at all green fingered, dislike gardening and have a tendacy to kill most things :whistling:
Any and all help will be greatly appreciated, including best varieties to grow and how to start :roll:
#5
We have already started this year with garlic. Normally grow tomatoes, radish, rocket ummmmm cant remember what else
#6
Potatoes in grow bags, easiest thing to do :)
#7
Always use manure for your veg mixed in well with compost.
Blanch and freeze surplus veg.
Do not plant all your seeds at once so that you can pick and eat fresh veg all summer.
#8
I have bought lots of veg seeds over the last few years but have almost always ended up giving them to others as my garden has such a serious slug problem. I dont like the idea of using pellets as they can harm other wildlife. Does anyone have any suggestions on other ways I might be able to get rid of the slug problem. I have almost resigned myself to the fact that I cannot grow veg unless I move home.

Things said to me re growing are not to plant all seeds at once as all crop will be ready at the same time and you will have a glut. Best to seed over a period or grow one veg and get friends to grow another and share the proceeds.
#9
WoolyM
I have bought lots of veg seeds over the last few years but have almost always ended up giving them to others as my garden has such a serious slug problem. I dont like the idea of using pellets as they can harm other wildlife. Does anyone have any suggestions on other ways I might be able to get rid of the slug problem. I have almost resigned myself to the fact that I cannot grow veg unless I move home.

Things said to me re growing are not to plant all seeds at once as all crop will be ready at the same time and you will have a glut. Best to seed over a period of grow one veg and get friends to grow another and share the proceeds.


You could build a raised bed and put that copper tape round it that the slugs don't like, or do the half can of lager trick (or give a can of lager to a hobo to pick them off) :whistling:
#10
I have never actually tried a beer trap. Are they really effective? My garden may be a bit too limited for raised beds. May opt for some sort of container or attempt indoor gardening.

Does a compost bin attract slugs? I have one.
Are there any things that could be grown indoors apart from sprouts of the vegan variety?
#11
I have Rhubarb growing in a patch behind my garage...the previous owner had a veg patch, but it seems only these continually grow there now...I dont even have to feed them, they just grow back huge, and we pick them for a nice Rhubarb crumble :)
#12
WoolyM
I have never actually tried a beer trap. Are they really effective? My garden may be a bit too limited for raised beds. May opt for some sort of container or attempt indoor gardening.

Does a compost bin attract slugs? I have one.
Are there any things that could be grown indoors apart from sprouts of the vegan variety?


You still get damage but you do get an awful lot of dead drunk slugs :whistling:
#13
Thanks for all the info guys, I think we're gonna start with onions, potatoes, chillis, beans, peas and garlic.

Time to read up on each of them and get together some sort of slug slaying kit

Thanks,
worto.

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