As you know slugs are the bane of my Organic Gardening Existence and I have written about my battle with them at length. Nematodes are one of the Organic methods I suggest. Nematodes are microscopic roundworms which are naturally found in your garden soil. And you can breed your own little batch of Organic Slug Killers to help you in your fight against slugs.
What are Nematodes and why are they Organic Slug Killers?
Nematodes are microscopic roundworms which are naturally found in your garden soil. Their lots of different species – we are talking hundreds of thousands but We are focusing on the slug killing type,
These tiny worms prey on the larval stage of certain pests thus breaking the life cycle and providing very effective natural control.
How to make your own Organic slug killer
In any average garden some slugs will be carrying bacterial diseases or be infected by nematodes, Unfortunately, there is never enough to kill all the slugs, This is where a little help from us can help!
Catch and confine the slugs and, if the disease or nematodes are present, you can concentrate these micro-predators and harness their natural Organic slug killing power.
The How to Bit – Going on a slug hunt!
- Collect as many slugs as you can find in a jar that has a few small air holes punched in the lid with a hammer and nail – and a few weeds for them to eat.
- Best time to catch slugs is after dark – I head out with my trusty torch and catch them in the act of eating my lovely veggies
- Ground-dwelling slugs like a scooped out half-shells of grapefruits near the crowns of vulnerable plants.
- .Sllugs also seem to love cardboard to hide under but some down in long grass to harvest a few,
- Check your traps daily and gather your slimy harvest into a jar.
- Once you have caught around 10 to 20 slugs ( more the better) decant them into a bucket with an inch or so of water in the bottom for humidity
- Add a few more handfuls of leaves to make an edible floating island for your catch.
- With the slugs safely inside secure a lid
- Place in a warm sunny location in your garden.
How to Use your Slug Killers mix
The bucket is the perfect environment for the nematodes and bacteria to breed. Nematodes spread in water, so check regularly, giving the slugs a stir with a stick. The aim isn’t to drown the slugs but to keep them moist so the nematodes can hunt them out.
You can cheat a little and add a packet of nematodes to start the process along. Add about a teaspoon of powder into the bucket. After a fortnight a high level of nematodes will have built up inside the bucket and the slugs will have died from the infection.
Now, you can dilute the brew: fill the bucket to the top from the tap. Use this mixture in to help your plants by watering the ground around them. Make use you save your Organic Slug killer starter by filtering the water into your watering can. Repeat the process all season and hopefully, you will have a Slug free Organic Vegetable Garden.
Here is your Quick Guide to Making Organic Slug Killers – click here to download
I hope you try this Organic Slug Killers method and let me know if it works for you.
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