The SlugsSnails fact sheet
mentions Sluggo, Escar-Go, and
Worry Free as products containing iron phosphate. I would do a Google
search for < Baits containing iron phosphate, UK > and see what you get.
The other solution would be to call a nursery near you and see if they
carry an iron phosphate product or if they can order it for you.
Plates of beer work pretty good for slugs. They seem to prefer dark ale.
;-) We've drowned many a slug that way.
I'm fortunate that I have a plethora of snails that don't eat my plants.
I only ever find them eating algae and on dead stuff. Not sure what
species they are but I've never seen them eating my live plants.
Good thing too as there are thousands of them... Two different species.
They are not attracted to the beer either. The slugs sure are tho'.
"My mother never saw the irony in calling me a Son of a Bitch."
It isn't slugs.....they certainly haven't been eaten by anything. Mor
sort of wilted and died! They haven't even gone in the ground yet a
all i had done was pot them on and leave them in my cold frame.
Would too much lime cause this as i may have been heavy handed wit
What is the purpose of copper around the cabbages? Could you explai
how you do this in a little more detail?
The slugs slide along on their slimy bellies (OK so it's a foot). There's an
interaction between the reactive copper and the slime which they can't
abide. I've watched one trying to slide up a ring and turning round,
hurriedly, back to nice safe soil.
Spouse cuts Cu sheet into 4 x 10" pieces, give or take. There are different
sizes for different plants. The metal is coiled into a slightly overlapping
ring, put round the plant stem (it's slightly springy) and pushed into the
soil for at least an inch. I leave the rings in place until I harvest the
If a longer ring is required two or more can be linked together.
You said they wilted. This may be caused by overheating. Coldframes can get
very very hot - hotter than a greenhouse even. It's the size; being small
they heat up very quickly and need a lot of ventilation in the sun. Can't
see it being the lime; although it is not usual to put in the pots, only on
the soil. Don't know what that Westland stuff is. But wonder if you didn't
over do it. If I do ever use fertilizer on seedlings, it only used at low
rates so perhaps this may be the cause.
PS: I'm in the West Mids too.
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