Courgettes, salad leaves and brussels-munching slugs

My little son’s courgette plants are coming along nicely now, and we’ve got some rapid-growing salad leaves on the windowsill, which have sprung to life in just 24 hours… but we’re battling to save our outdoor brussels sprouts from greedy slugs, now that the weather has suddenly turned humid.   There’s too many to keep hand-picking them off one by one, we don’t want any pesticides on our organic veg patch, and there’s nothing to attach copper tape to – so we think gravel/rough sawdust around the base of the plants might be the way to go …


  1. Have you tried the half grapefruit, good part eaten out, turned over like an igloo? Slugs go into it at night. Early in the morning, before sunshine, throw it away, slugs and all ( or scrape slugs out and reuse). Usually works for me.

  2. Handpicking and beer, in small and large glass containers, are the only solutions that seem to work for me (and I have tried egg shells, smelly goat’s wool and oranges). I will have another go with grapefruit.

  3. Haha I actually dreamt about slugs last night. That was a first! Spring is definitely here, and the battle is on! ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. Oh no … not slug dreams! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Oh the battle is definitely on. I spotted a Cabbage White butterfly in the garden yesterday, so the lettuces will be under attack soon. The first year I ever grew veg – about 5 years ago – the butterflies took me completely by surprise, and around 100 just descended on the lettuces one morning. The children (toddlers at the time) and I all stood over the raised beds waving our arms, which, realistically, was not the most practical approach ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Haha that reminds me of the time I was in the kitchen one summer morning, when I heard a great commotion outside. I looked out the window to see that our cherry tree was absolutely black with feasting starlings! Last summer also, I was happily looking forward to a harvest of figs now that our tree had finally grown to a good size…only to find that it was promptly snapped in half by a hungry bear. Let’s hope our battle with nature goes well this year! ๐Ÿ˜€

          1. Oh that’s so neat! Believe it or not, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hedgehog in real life. I guess they don’t live around here. I would love such a cute visitor in my garden hehe!

            1. In real life they are surprisingly fast, they can really run! At our old house, we used to have several hedgehogs visit in the evenings – but only got to see one properly when we had a dehydrated hedgehog laying on the lawn one morning, but we gave it a little dish of water and it soon perked up and ran off again ๐Ÿ™‚

                1. Hi Elle … it tends to happen in the summer, so you find the little hog just laying on its side on the lawn in the middle of the day (not sensibly hiding somewhere), and they pant, and their eyes stare off into the distance. If it’s not too bad, the saucer of water soon sorts it, otherwise you have to call a wildlife centre.

                  1. Oh, I see! It’s an issue I’ve never come across because I live by the coast and there’s always a constant supply of rain, rivers and lakes. The thought of encountering a dehydrated animal would not have occurred to me! I’m glad you’re there to help haha ๐Ÿ˜€

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