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Post  walshevak on 11/17/2015, 7:13 am

Deter Slugs
Slugs don’t like to traverse abrasive surfaces that irritate the underside of their soft bodies. Put 80-grit sandpaper around the top of your raised garden beds and on the sides of your container pots to keep these slimy creatures away. Make sure to use the waterproof variety, though, or you’ll end up not only with slugs, but also with a soppy, gritty mess to clean up. Photo: fotosearch.com
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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/17/2015, 3:30 pm

I LOVE this idea. Is sandpaper expensive?

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Post  has55 on 11/17/2015, 5:34 pm

thank you.cheers

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/17/2015, 5:43 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:I LOVE this idea.  Is sandpaper expensive?

Not if you buy where the contractors go!

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 11/18/2015, 9:12 am

Or if you have a Harbor Freight near you.  They're very inexpensive.

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Post  has55 on 11/18/2015, 10:33 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Or if you have a Harbor Freight near you.  They're very inexpensive.
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Try 80 grit "Emory Cloth."

Post  kfairshon on 3/6/2016, 6:53 pm

Try 80 grit "Emory Cloth" or Wet sandpapers as used in auto body & paint work.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/6/2016, 8:55 pm

@kfairshon wrote:Try 80 grit "Emory Cloth" or Wet sandpapers as used in auto body & paint work.

Well, hello,there glad you\'re here kfairshon! Ohio here! thanks for the info on the grit. What are you doin for this season? SFGer?

Would love to hear more from you, plants, etc.!

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Re: another weapon against slugs

Post  plantoid on 3/7/2016, 11:22 am

One of the biggest problems wrt slugs is that you bring slugs into you beds in the compost either as microscopic slugs or slug eggs. 

 I've been wondering :-

Once my compost is finished I'm bagging it up in lift-able weights in heavy duty plastic builders rubble sacks .

I have set up an order to get " Nemaslug "  powder mix three time this year each six weeks apart starting in late April ( the slugs are already creating havoc this so I'm currently using slug pellets ) .

If I add a decent spray of the nematode slug control to each bag of finished compost when it is 50 oF or 10 oC will this sort them out over a few weeks as the nematodes multiply inside the plastic bags ?

Has anyone else tried doing this either in bags of compost or in / on the finished compost heap ?

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/7/2016, 11:37 am

What's to keep the slugs from crawling under the sandpaper and then climbing the plant? Is it gritty on both sides?

Plantoid, when I bought beneficial nematodes last year I asked the company if they included the nematode specifically for slugs.  He said that they aren't allowed to sell that one in the U.S.
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Re: another weapon against slugs

Post  PVPind on 3/7/2016, 12:02 pm

Interesting. I've known perlite works for this. So, I did a quick search and here's some helpful hints and handy tricks. Slug Deterrents

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Post  has55 on 3/7/2016, 1:40 pm

@PVPind wrote:Interesting. I've known perlite works for this. So, I did a quick search and here's some helpful hints and handy tricks. Slug Deterrents
Thank you. Great Info

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Post  plantoid on 3/8/2016, 7:53 am

@CapeCoddess wrote:What's to keep the slugs from crawling under the sandpaper and then climbing the plant?  Is it gritty on both sides?

Plantoid, when I bought beneficial nematodes last year I asked the company if they included the nematode specifically for slugs.  He said that they aren't allowed to sell that one in the U.S.
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  Good job I live across the pond in the UK Wink

 Some of the baby slugs I've found with a x 20 magnifying glass are mere threads of black/brown cotton 1/16 of an inch long .  If there is plenty of  moisture about they can travel easily , even over rough surfaces & especially at night in the rain .


  Before I got the nematode control system I tried every slug prevention idea you can find on the Internet and a few others as well such as sterilizing the compost with a couple of gallons of boiling water or live steam from my steam generator & then putting other precautions in place ,letting things cool down , then sowing /planting,

They still come back in the beds after a few months.

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Post  jimmy cee on 3/9/2016, 10:53 pm

Somewhere buried deep in the Teaming With Microbes book lies a statement of how beneficial slug and snails are to the soil food web...Mentions their traveling, digging, borrowing, wasting, and even the slime they leave on their trails....
Now another aspect is how compost tea is an aid to control them...I cannot elaborate, starting my second read..

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/10/2016, 7:51 am

I think it was Has55 that had a video of detering/killing slugs with a yeast mixture in cups. That's what I'm trying this year. Already have cups ready to be put out in the beds...

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Post  has55 on 3/10/2016, 12:34 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:Somewhere buried deep in the Teaming With Microbes book lies a statement of how beneficial slug and snails are to the soil food web...Mentions their traveling, digging, borrowing, wasting, and even the slime they leave on their trails....
Now another aspect is how compost tea is an aid to control them...I cannot elaborate, starting my second read..
Gastropods-page 91-93. just got into the second part of the book. slow read, Have to squeeze it in between everything I'm doing. Renewed my library book returned date today. I will be adding this book to my library. it's a good read. Have truly enjoyed it. I'm in the compost section.

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Post  has55 on 3/10/2016, 12:43 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:I think it was Has55 that had a video of detering/killing slugs with a yeast mixture in cups.  That's what I'm trying this year.  Already have cups ready to be put out in the beds...
AM-I'm not sure about the yeast. looked under " my topics being watched", didn't see anything. But it was a quick look. In garden working on raising the beds per DW request and command. I found these past topic:

Do Coffee Grounds Deter Slugs? A Slimy Experiment


The SFG Journey- Does Diatomaceous Earth Deter Slugs?

Slug Wars Trilogy pt. III - Eggshells vs Slugs

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Post  jimmy cee on 3/10/2016, 11:15 pm

@has55 wrote:
@jimmy cee wrote:Somewhere buried deep in the Teaming With Microbes book lies a statement of how beneficial slug and snails are to the soil food web...Mentions their traveling, digging, borrowing, wasting, and even the slime they leave on their trails....
Now another aspect is how compost tea is an aid to control them...I cannot elaborate, starting my second read..
Gastropods-page 91-93. just got into the second part of the book. slow read, Have to squeeze it in between everything I'm doing. Renewed my library book returned date today. I will be adding this book to my library. it's a good read. Have truly enjoyed it. I'm in the compost section.

Take careful concentration of the section Compost Tea...some very powerful info there, maybe the 1 section of the book that does it for me.

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Post  naughtymoose on 3/11/2016, 6:01 pm

This is worth a read

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningequipment/8675592/The-war-on-slugs-starts-at-home.html

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Re: another weapon against slugs

Post  has55 on 3/13/2016, 1:39 am

@jimmy cee wrote:
@has55 wrote:
@jimmy cee wrote:Somewhere buried deep in the Teaming With Microbes book lies a statement of how beneficial slug and snails are to the soil food web...Mentions their traveling, digging, borrowing, wasting, and even the slime they leave on their trails....
Now another aspect is how compost tea is an aid to control them...I cannot elaborate, starting my second read..
Gastropods-page 91-93. just got into the second part of the book. slow read, Have to squeeze it in between everything I'm doing. Renewed my library book returned date today. I will be adding this book to my library. it's a good read. Have truly enjoyed it. I'm in the compost section.

Take careful concentration of the section Compost Tea...some very powerful info there, maybe the 1 section of the book that does it for me.

just read the compost, mulched and compost tea section Saturday AM. A wealth of info. Will need to read again. Plan to implement some of the ideas soon. I will back off the wooded mulched to prevent the soil from becoming fungal dominated, but add more greens and some brown leave, finely shredded to create the bacteria dominated  ecosystem for the vegetables. Also will add my vermicompost from the in garden worm buckets. Spread approx. 1 inch or 1/2 inch if there not enough. I was surprised that he said it had 50% more nutrients than  regular compost. I figured when I pull the bucket up and out, there will be about 10-15 ibs worth. I give a update on weight when I do it. It may be wishful thinking on the weight.
I finally got a good imagery of how the bacteria, fungi, nematodes, etc... are teased off the compost from the air bubbles. I always thought they grew from the compost when you added the sugars like molasses. This does happen, but explaining that they have to be tease off the compost first before the process even begins was a eye opener.

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Post  has55 on 3/13/2016, 3:07 am

Naughtymoose, an excellent article. Thank you.

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Post  jimmy cee on 3/13/2016, 10:25 am

Has55

endomycorrhizal fungi is the fungi that has a symbiotic relationship with plants roots. Among other tasks it helps maintain moisture content in the rhizosphere.
Carbon exudates from root feed the endomycorrhizal fungi and in turn receives nitrogen roots can easily absorb

My high school teachers would never ever believe this came from me....LOL

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Post  has55 on 3/13/2016, 10:34 am

@jimmy cee wrote:

My high school teachers would never ever believe this came from me....LOL
LOL, 
thanks JC

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Post  milt48 on 3/13/2016, 11:10 am

I use a yeast mixture called beer Very Happy    in my slug traps.

Beer traps work really well on the slugs, but there are drawbacks so I only use them if there is a heavy infestation.

These traps do smell like stale beer, and attract other critters like my beagle Buddy or my brother in law Laughing

DE is very effective too.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/13/2016, 11:58 am

Good thread with lots of tips! thanks

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