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#11 Wed 06 Oct 10 10:19pm

MsPablo

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Re: What to seed, what to plant, what to reap, any questions for me?

I have seen some marvelous strawberry farms in SW France where they grow them in hanging containers.  Perhaps if the hanging containers are strung on wire or clothes line strings, it might also help keep rabbits and squirrels off the plants.

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#12 Thu 07 Oct 10 1:40am

TerryKay

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Re: What to seed, what to plant, what to reap, any questions for me?

Cheers for advice guys I'm gonna give the copper a go. Ain't they got any natural predators that I might use?


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#13 Thu 07 Oct 10 7:03am

TSR

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Re: What to seed, what to plant, what to reap, any questions for me?

wine~o wrote:

RobinMcaf wrote:

Beer is good but loses its effect quickly.

I find that as well...that's why I have to keep topping up.... lol

Speaking of that, can slugs comunicate? Because the moment one of them shouts out "Hey guys - FREE BEER!" that garden's gonna be slime-central.  tongue
Copper's the best bet. A friend of mine had a huge snail problem (the problem was huge, not the snail  roll ) in his orchard and put a copper band around every tree. For some reason it fascinates them, every morning he just goes around the bands and picks them off. He's also gotten really good at making escargot. Revenge is a dish best served with parsley-butter!  evil

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#14 Thu 07 Oct 10 10:05am

wine~o

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Re: What to seed, what to plant, what to reap, any questions for me?

TerryKay wrote:

Cheers for advice guys I'm gonna give the copper a go. Ain't they got any natural predators that I might use?

yep. Hedgehogs....

(And birds)

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#15 Thu 07 Oct 10 10:21am

TSR

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Re: What to seed, what to plant, what to reap, any questions for me?

wine~o wrote:

TerryKay wrote:

Cheers for advice guys I'm gonna give the copper a go. Ain't they got any natural predators that I might use?

yep. Hedgehogs....

(And birds)

Well, hedgehogs will eat an occasional slug, but aren't realy crazy about them. They prefer beetles and catepilars.

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#16 Thu 07 Oct 10 10:25am

wine~o

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Re: What to seed, what to plant, what to reap, any questions for me?

Perhaps Serbian Hedgehogs have a smaller appetite than British Hedgehogs...

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#17 Thu 07 Oct 10 11:01am

TSR

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Re: What to seed, what to plant, what to reap, any questions for me?

wine~o wrote:

Perhaps Serbian Hedgehogs have a smaller appetite than British Hedgehogs...

Well I can't speak for all of them, but the ones in my yard have quite a big apetite. Sadly, they prefer bullying cats and taking their food than acctually chasing bugs. mrgreen
They are however a great way to get rid of snakes!

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#18 Thu 07 Oct 10 4:29pm

TerryKay

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Re: What to seed, what to plant, what to reap, any questions for me?

TSR wrote:

wine~o wrote:

RobinMcaf wrote:

Beer is good but loses its effect quickly.

I find that as well...that's why I have to keep topping up.... lol

Speaking of that, can slugs comunicate? Because the moment one of them shouts out "Hey guys - FREE BEER!" that garden's gonna be slime-central.  tongue

I must confess to you all now. I sometimes dress up in a slug outfit and hang around in gardens that serve free beer. There my secret is out.


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#19 Thu 07 Oct 10 7:57pm

wine~o

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Re: What to seed, what to plant, what to reap, any questions for me?

Watch out Terry....when I'm really hungry I don my Hedgehog outfit...and prey on drunken slugs...

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#20 Thu 07 Oct 10 10:49pm

RobinMcaf

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Re: What to seed, what to plant, what to reap, any questions for me?

Mummza,

I have never heard of that idea. Quite ingenious. I do find that bark chippings around a vegetable patch are quite hard for slugs and snails to traverse, or even used as a mulch amongst the plants. I'm also told that lemon or orange skins left inverted amidst your crops will collect them in a large number and you can then dispose of them as you will - preferably not into the neighbours garden.

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