My Ancient Enemy
The leeks and tuber-rooted parsley I planted months ago have finally sprouted.
Now, the only problem is my ancient enemy: the slugs. The slugs.
Scattering pine and spruce needles has helped so far, but that will acidify the soil until they break down completely, and that could take years. Crushed eggshells are also an effective slug deterrent and also raises soil pH, but getting enough of them will be hard.
The best organic solution would be shallow bowls or saucers of beer. The yeast in the beer attracts slugs, and the alcohol poisons them. Obstacle: as the garden is on university property, we’re obligated to follow university rules, which includes a prohibition of alcoholic beverages. The intention was to prevent students from drinking, of course, not slugs.
I’ll have to see if there’s an exception for pest control.