Two very interesting posts, M&SFHF. I listened to all four minutes of the foxes mating calls. As a young child staying at my Granny's, I used to be scared to go to bed because of the fox calls. I remember my aunty coming up to comfort me and telling me I was safe, because the foxes lived in the wood and would not come into the house.
You have almost convinced me to get some ducks. At one time, I considered borrowing some ducks from a local educational farm where the public were allowed to visit. At the time, we had a plague of slugs and snails, and i was at my wits end. this, so far, is not so bad. After the long cold winter, a lot of the snail and slug-eggs were killed off, I think. nature has a way of balancing out everything.
Last Edit: Jun 17, 2013 11:48:43 GMT -1 by Whisker
Last night, I went out to my veggie patch in the dark to throw some kitchen waste on the compost heap. As I passed by my newly planted lettuce bed, a glistening spot hit my eye in the city lights. Could that be something slimy and shiny? Of course! I bent down to feel what was there. No mistaking the gloopy, cold, sticky sensation you get from touching a SLUG!
I picked it up in my bare hand and threw it as far away as I could. I groped around again in the damp soil and found another. I picked that up and threw it away. I repeated this again and threw another away. Altogether I must have picked up, and thrown away, about 25 slugs in my 3' by 3' raised bed.
When I went out this morning, half of my lettuces had been eaten. I need to do something - and do it quick, before they get the rest.
Last Edit: Jun 26, 2013 10:36:45 GMT -1 by Whisker
Wow! SO many!! , I hope you don't end up w/ a restaurant for slugs!
What I have is a restaurant for slugs! They love the same veggies as we do, especially lettuce and cabbage.
This evening, I took some drastic action. I created a "Fort Knox" for my lettuces. Will explain tomorrow, as a photo is better than a thousand words. Hopefully no slugs will have been able to get through.
Last Edit: Jun 28, 2013 11:45:45 GMT -1 by Whisker
That's all very well and it does work, M&S. The only thing that stops me from doing that is that I try not to kill any living creatures in my garden. I am looking for an alternative method of preserving my leaves from being eaten.
Last Edit: Jun 28, 2013 11:47:55 GMT -1 by Whisker
Here are the pics I promised of my Fort knox for Slugs plus how I did it.
Proof that it works - How often do you see a slug headed in the opposite direction form the leaves?
Materials for Fort Knox for Slugs: 1. Raised bed with plants. 2. Some old guttering cut to make and joined together to make a shape that fits inside the raised bed. You get this in a junk yard, as buhying new guttering would be very expensive. some horticultural sand to spread outside and inside of the gutter shape to block any slugs getting underneath. 3. Fill the gutter about 3-quarter full of horticultural sand. 4. On top of the sand spread a layer of "Slug Stoppa", which you can buy in good garden supply stores. This is a light material that resembles porridge oatflakes. It is very light and sticks to the slugs. They don't like that and avoid crossing over it. They also dilike crawling over sharp sand. The theory is they will not cross the sand and Slug Stoppa barrier to get to your plants.
One problem is that, if it rains the efficacy of the Slug Stoppa is greatly reduced. so more of it may have to be spread, after rain, on top of what you've already put out.
A big benefit of using Slug Stoppa is that it not harmful to any garden creatures, and is one of the few things that will keep snails and slugs away.