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Re: slugs
« Reply #20 on: February 09, 2015, 12:18:00 PM »

I'm just wondering if I maybe creating a rod for my own back!

I'm laying a number of concrete panels (6 feet x 11 inches) between my beds, as paths, to create better access and to better identify where each bed starts and ends. So far so good - but am I simply providing somewhere for the slugs to hide and lay all their eggs?

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Re: slugs
« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2015, 01:05:18 PM »

If they're on sand then you won't get slugs underneath - ants maybe, but shouldn't get slugs.

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Re: slugs
« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2015, 01:13:44 PM »

If you save your eggshells in a tray in the bottom of the oven. Every time you bake something they bake too and become very dry and very brittle. When you have enough, put them in a bag and crush them up with a rolling pin, or some such tool, Crush them not too fine and then they can be used around plants and under slabs. They are so sharp on the edges that slugs hate them and tend not to go there.
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Re: slugs
« Reply #23 on: February 09, 2015, 05:31:23 PM »

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If they're on sand then you won't get slugs underneath - ants maybe, but shouldn't get slugs.

At the moment they are straight onto the soil but the sand sounds a great idea - thanks Di.

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Re: slugs
« Reply #24 on: February 09, 2015, 06:37:22 PM »

Yes I would agree with that and spread a layer of sand under the slabs aswell anything to help stop or deter them ..
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Re: slugs
« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2015, 09:22:05 PM »

Sand is a good deterent, especially if you can get your hands on unwashed sea sand. Any beaches with nice yellow sand near you?  Grin2:-)
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Re: slugs
« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2015, 10:25:47 PM »

 RedFaced:-( I am sure I read somewhere that you are not allowed to remove sand from beaches sure some guy somewhere got fined for taking sand off a beach somewhere to use under his slabs????   :-\
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Re: slugs
« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2015, 12:18:50 AM »

Nice idea though we are not well placed for beaches here. Forgetting the legality of it the nearest beach will be a good 2 hour drive away  lol(1)
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Re: slugs
« Reply #28 on: February 10, 2015, 12:14:02 PM »

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Nice idea though we are not well placed for beaches here. Forgetting the legality of it the nearest beach will be a good 2 hour drive away  lol(1)

Bang goes that idea - 2 hours drive is too much - even for a sand thief.  lol(1)

The legality of taking sand from a beach is not hard & fast. Some beaches are owned by the local authority, some are owned by the crown (Charlie owns the bit between low & high tide around the coast of Cornwall I believe), whilst others are privately owned by people who have land that goes down to the water's edge. So, to make sure if you are entitled to sand you just need to make a few discreet enquiries - it is not universally illegal to take sand from a beach - as many mistakenly believe. The same applies to taking seaweed for compost.
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Re: slugs
« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2015, 07:07:17 PM »

Big shoes and turnups on the bottom of your strides would collect a bit of sand  lol(1)  ...  Why sand from the beach Big Gee ???
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Re: slugs
« Reply #30 on: February 10, 2015, 08:26:14 PM »

Salty son - SALTY! Those slugs like their chips with no salt on, otherwise they start sweating and die of thirst!  what:-o

Ever tried a mouthful of sand from a beach? Ever seen a slug on a beach? I rest my case!!!!

Dredged sea sand has to be washed thoroughly before it can be mixed with cement otherwise things don't work properly, introduce slugs & snails to sea sand and they don't work properly either!  CW ;-)
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Re: slugs
« Reply #31 on: February 10, 2015, 09:15:02 PM »

Couldent you just sprinkle a little salt and grit under the slabs then wouldent that do the same job  ?  ..  Yes know theres salt which has to be washed from the sand I used to work for hansons loading sand and gravel onto barges trains and lorries they dredge from the north sea and it used to come to the site to be washed and graded ...
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Re: slugs
« Reply #32 on: February 10, 2015, 09:32:51 PM »

Yes I guess that would work fine Scary. It's just that if you are going to hump sand around in your turn-ups then you can kill two birds with one stone with a trip to the beach instead of the builders merchants!  lol(1)
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Re: slugs
« Reply #33 on: February 10, 2015, 09:39:10 PM »

Yes I,d rather a trip to the beach than the builders merchants     lol(1)      Would or could you use table salt or the  rock salt  and grit they sprinkle on the roads
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Re: slugs
« Reply #34 on: February 10, 2015, 09:42:16 PM »

The rough rock salt for the roads would be the boy wouldn't it? MUCH cheaper if you could get your hands on some one dark night!!!
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Re: slugs
« Reply #35 on: February 10, 2015, 09:51:43 PM »

we got a few bagfuls a few years back in london from the depot as i was struggling to get the van out of our side street because of the ice was bearable when i got to the main road
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