wooden box and adding bits of bark and leaf litter. Or make a log pile using a few branches, logs and twigs in an area where they won’t be disturbed.
GOOD CULTIVATION PRACTICES
These procedures – such as crop rotation, companion planting, choosing the right species that will thrive in your particular micro-climate, growing disease-resistant cultivars, best practice hygiene (cleaning tools etc) and maintaining plant health with correct planting, nutrition and watering – will all reduce the requirement for chemical intervention.
Slugs and snails are the bane of every gardener’s life, but use up your leftover coffee beans and crushed eggshells to create rough barriers around precious plants. Copper bands are also effective around pots, giving snails a mild electric shock.
Nematodes are tiny parasitic creatures which burrow into other slightly bigger creatures, such as vine weevils and slugs, and release harmful bacteria destroying them within a day or so.
They are not harmful to humans, pets or plants, but only work when the soil temperature warms up.
August and September are ideal months for application. You buy the nematodes in powder form and dissolve in NATURAL water – then spray the affected areas.
Barriers: A copper band around a plant pot should put a stop to snails