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What do Nematodes look like? Are they too small to see and where do you apply them or how do you scatter them around? Heard of them but never tried it.
Would it have a knock on effect to other wildlife Hedgehogs and Foxes if no food around for them?
As far as I can work out nematodes are bought in the springtime, before the slugs are active and they are put in the soil - have no side effects whatsoever on wildlife, and stop the slugs hatching or whatever it is they do, so you have no slugs and lovely flowers as well as happy wild life....
Nematode was also an 8 letter word on Countdown today...heehee
Henrietta wrote:What do Nematodes look like? Are they too small to see and where do you apply them or how do you scatter them around? Heard of them but never tried it.
Would it have a knock on effect to other wildlife Hedgehogs and Foxes if no food around for them?
Nematodes are a naturally occurring parasite found in soil, they are too small to see. You can buy them as a powder which you mix with water and water into the garden. They are only harmful to slugs and snails, perfectly safe for other wildlife, pets and children.

http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/nematodes
Personally, I don't think nematodes are very 'nice'.....I don't think they kill the slugs in a very 'nice' way.

But then, I'm really anti-killing-anything in the garden! I've just forced myself to spray the hideous black infestation of aphids on my poor Kentish bell flowers (which are being harvested by the ants running up and down - apparently they actively 'preserve' aphids for their honeydew over winter - honestly!), but didn't like to do it. That said, I can't see any difference at all anyway. I'll just have to cut the blooms off and bury them in the green waste for the tip.

I do hate 'infestations' of anything - something really creepy about 'en masse' insects etc.

I don't know wether this would divert slugs from flowers, or just encourage more of them to breed, but I find that if I leave any old cat food out (for the magpies - boy, do they love old cat food!), the slugs come from all corners to join in the feast. :) :)

(Off the top of my head I doubt the nematodes would adversely affect whatever eats slugs - v. brave, whoever eats them! - on the grounds that the particular slug-nematodes may not be parasitical on other animals.....because if so, why would it be legal to sell nematodes against slugs, if there were a risk that we could be infected as well?? But that may be spurious reasoning)

(Nematodes, by the way, are seriously to be avoided as a human parasite - they are really 'nasty' - think tapeworms (but nematodes are different biologically). They are VERY infectious. They like raw fish, so always check fish for them - sushi can be a source of infection alas. I once bought a piece of white fish, had it laid out on a plate while I prepped the veggies, then when I went back to get the fish I saw a pale, white, very small but clearly visible worm wriggling on the surface. I was seriously shocked and horrified. Binned the fish.)
OH YUCKY YUCKY YUCK!

I seriously have a lot to learn - back to the drawing board regarding slugs. I have been carefully planting things that they don't like to eat, and not actually used anything to kill them. I planted a 'pink' in April and it has been lovely and untouched by the slugs. So last week I treated myself to another two lovely deep pink pinks ( the other was more white). These new ones have a super perfume and when I went out to the garden between the showers there was the biggest slug eating one of my new pinks ! I picked him up and threw him into the refuse area where he can enjoy the nettles I grow for the insects......

My front garden is in pots, as it has been gravelled ( not by us) but at least the slugs don't want to go on the gravel and the pots remain untouched and much admired.....

I have enjoyed watching Monty Don on the various Garden Shows, this week from Tatton Park. I remember when Toby Buckland opened his garden centre in Devon. At the grand opening which I attended, there were members of the aristocracy, and I over heard Toby's wife say to the press photographer ' Don't take their photos if they are not wearing designer shoes!' That was quite funny I thought!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :)