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Ok, so we haven’t been having a great turn-out in our garden this year. The one down the road that is. Our balcony garden on the other hand has been producing lots of great lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, radishes, carrots, tomatoes and herbs. Our actual vegetable garden with all of our other produce has been thwarted by slugs so many and so large that I think an armada would be a better word to describe their presence there. I do not believe in using harmful chemicals or pesticides in my garden and I’m not a big fan of killing all the slugs so I have been looking into alternative methods to remove them. I have read that you can put sharp objects around the garden like a row of broken glass or pottery or even egg shells around the individual plants and the sharp edges will deter them from crossing over but this sounds like a lot of work and not a very fool proof method. Other ideas include beer (thanks Ylvie and Karen), wooden planks and citrus fruit which will all attract the slugs and they can then be collected and removed. We opted for a slug fence which I thought would be the easiest and a longer term solution. Well, we ordered a couple of rolls online and within days we should have had our slug solution, however, the slug fence moved at a “snails pace” so to say. The seller didn’t ship the item until 2 weeks after we bought it and in the meantime we spent almost half of last month battling off slugs the old fashoned way, collecting the slimy critters by hand (one by one) pretty much on a daily basis and moving them to a far off location. When we finally got the fence in the mail it pretty much rained constantly for over a week so there was no chance of installing it and as you may have guessed with all the additional wetness in the garden the slugs were having a field day! I would also like to add that on my original sentiments about the fence it certainly will be a long term solution but a long term installation as well, unfortunately. It is immensely hard to get this thing in the ground. It is made from a flexible material that doesn’t like to stay straight, you need to dig a trench just to get the darned thing in the ground and you can’t dig too deep because the fence is only about 5 inches tall! So unless you are an elf or a garden gnome it will take you an immense amount of effort, many tries and lots of failed attempts to get this blasted thing to stand up straight or to even get it in the ground at all. So my sentiments now are we will be harvesting only those plants which the slugs have found unattractive, namely leeks, tomatoes, carrots, celery and beets. To all of my other plants out there “c’est la vie” and good luck to you!*

Hey, if you can't beat 'em join 'em.

*We have installed one of the longer sides of the slug fence so far… Only 3 more sides to go.

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