Veggie 2013: week 7

After Slugageddon last year the 3yo and I had to come up with a cunning plan to stop the slugs getting into the plants.

Scheme 1 was the hanging baskets for the courgettes

Scheme 2 is this:

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The great slug defence. It consists of many many squash bottles (with their tops and bottoms cut off) cut in half and taped together to make a guttering.

This is then staked to the veggie patch on its side and any gaps packed with soil. It’s then filled with slug gravel I bought from the pound shop that saved the sunflowers last year.

Ha! They’ll have to parachute in now (Famous last words obviously).

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No part of the bottle is wasted. The tops and bottoms are being used as cheapo cloches and are working pretty well as evidenced by my beautiful little seedlings.

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Once the seedlings get a bit bigger I’ll flip over the cloches and they can grow through the bottle openings andhopefully the sharp edges will deter the slugs. We shall see.

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