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Slug Wars

I mentioned in my last post that my garden is currently a slug habitat.  With all the wet weather in Queensland this summer we have perfect conditions for slugs and its got so bad now that I can’t plant any seeds directly in the garden as any new shoots are eaten as soon as they appear.


We have chickens and a dog that eats anything, so I’ve been trying organic/natural solutions.  So far I have tried:
At first, when there weren't many slugs, I tried picking them off the plants as I found them and squishing them between my fingers, but now there are far too many and I would be out there all day!
Small tins of beer buried in the garden: This had success at first, but I had to keep topping them up due to the rain diluting the tins and although they were always full of slugs there were plenty more in the garden.  I think this would be a good solution for minor slug infestations or if you have a good supply of tins and beer!
Egg shells: we have plenty of eggs so I had no trouble sourcing e…

My first blog post

I'm starting this because since we have been having a go at lots of different self-sufficient activities on our little 8 acre property, we have got stuck on lots of little problems, and I want to share them with others and see if we can help to inspire others and get some help for ourselves at times too!

At the moment my husband and I share our block with two steers:




Three roosters and lots of hens:


And one lazy, crazy Kelpie:

When we have time, between feeding all the animals and building fences and cages for them, we also keep a large vege garden:

At the moment, just in time for Christmas, we also have a "flock" of four turkeys, which are most unusual animals:
I hope this gives you an idea of the kind of issues I want to write about, everything from organic vege gardening, chicken care, egg hatching and chick rearing, turkey roasting on our woodstove and sausage making.  We'll have a go at anything once, and it always helps to know someone else who's had a go b…