The recent wet weather has brought out the slugs and snails, which are now well and truly on the march.

To protect my courgettes and squashes, I take two different approaches:

  • I buy copper scourers from the hardware store on Mill Road, unravel them into loops so that one scourer can be cut into 4 or 5 collars, and tuck them around the base of the plants to protect them while the stalks are small.
  • Additionally, or on their own, I put ‘Slug Gone’ pellets around the plants: these are pellets of wool impregnated with fertiliser, so when they disintegrate into the soil they also improve it.
These really do keep these critters off!

Registered address

The Vinery Road Permanent Allotment Society
15 St. Thomas's Square

The Vinery Road Permanent Allotment Society manages two well-run, community-spirited allotment sites in South Cambridge, UK.
They are situated in the Romsey Town area and offer good growing conditions and excellent facilities.