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I've heard that ground coffee scattered around plants will keep away slugs & snails. Is this true & should I head off to Costa coffee to get free sack full of the stuff????

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  • Posted: Sat. 10th August 2013 20:30

Re: Slugs & Snails!!! UGH!!!

Reply from Carol

It's one of the 'organic' methods that can work. I tend to put it on the surface of pots with plants that are very attractive to slugs - but it doesn't seem to work quite so well on the borders.

  • Posted: Sat. 10th August 2013 22:34

Re: Re: Slugs & Snails!!! UGH!!!

Reply from Helen Skerratt

Thank you Carol, I will try this. I was also told that having deep pot trays under pots that are always filled to the brim with water helps keeps slugs & snails away as they can't swim! It's a constant battle!!!

  • Posted: Sun. 11th August 2013 09:46

Re: Slugs & Snails!!! UGH!!!

Reply from Liz Barrow

I have tried everything - coffee grounds, eggshells, copper tape, sharp sand, proprietary slug repellents.......but have found none of it effective. The only thing which works for me is to go out at dusk on summer evenings with a torch and a plastic container and pick off all the slugs and snails. I don't like to kill them so I store them overnight in the container and then release them in the park next morning (not too close to home in case they return!). It seemed like a lot of bother at first but I got into the routine with it and it did result in much fewer of my veg and herbs being eaten than last year. But you do have to do it every night - amazing that you can remove 50 slugs/snails but another 50 are back the next night! Snails you can pick up with your hand but for slugs I used a little stick to hook them up, or otherwise a plastic glove. I don't bother the rest of the year, just summer when I am trying to protect my salad and veg crops. I only have a small garden but I would say it took me 20 mins at least every evening to find a box full - they are very good at hiding in all sorts of places!

  • Posted: Wed. 4th November 2015 08:25