BAR­RI­ERS

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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.

BI­O­LOG­I­CAL CON­TROLS

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

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