Slug Gone Wool Pellets Review

Slugs and snails are partying hard at the moment, thanks to the consistent wet weather creating the perfect environment for them. I’ve never been tempted to use traditional garish blue slug pellets, I just don’t see the point of attracting the little munchers to my veg in the first place and it doesn’t sit right with me, poisoning my soil and other wildlife too. And I’m probably going to be heckled for admitting this but I’ll put it out there anyway…I don’t like the thought of killing slugs either (I’m a live and let live sort of girl) so I’ve been looking into safer, healthier and cruelty-free ways of controlling them for all concerned. Slug Gone wool pellets have grabbed my attention many times over, I like the idea of using a natural product on my allotment and veg garden without killing anything in the process.

So how do they work?

Once wet the pellets swell and spread out to form a protective woolly mat which irritates the foot (the underneath part which they use to move around) of slugs and snails. There are other benefits to using wood pellets too, they act as a mulch, supressing weeds and retaining moisture. This mat stays put for a long while, protecting your plants even through prolonged wet or dry weather, eventually breaking down releasing organic nutrients back into the soil.

If you’ve never heard of these slug pellets before take a quick peek at the video below for a demo.

Do they do the job?

Well I’m happy to say, yes they do! There’s no sign of slug or snail activities on my plants protected by Slug Gone, even comfrey and brassica stay damage-free which are usually slug magnets. We have an army of frogs in the garden and nocturnal visitors such as hedgehogs which do a great job of controlling slug numbers naturally, but the allotment site is the number one hang out for slugs for obvious reasons meaning it can be difficult to control. This is where Slug Gone really helps me the most.

I bought a 10 litre tub with my hard-earned pennies pounds, yes, the price tag is pretty hefty and you do need to put down quite a lot around plants hence why I went for a massive tub, but they work so I don’t mind so much.

This review is completely based on my own needs and wants for slug control, see for yourself if you like them.

Click here to visit Slug Gone website.

Windowsill Propagator Heat Mat

Our chilli pepper seeds have germinated much sooner than usual thanks to a windowsill propagator heat mat. We mentioned in a recent post we were using one in a trial and would blog about it if we liked it.

In just 8 days the first seedlings appeared with more popping up over the following days. As expected, a couple of seeds haven’t germinated but we have more than enough seedlings due to sowing more than we need.

The windowsill heat mat we are using looks like this:

It’s simple to use, just plug it in and place on the windowsill of your choice. We covered our seed trays with clear lids to help with humidity and kept the heat mat on for most of the day, switching off at night (purely for our own peace of mind!) allowing a radiator to provide a source of heat. The heat mat fits a standard size windowsill without hanging over the edge and can take up to two full sized trays, much more if the trays are smaller. It heats up quickly and doesn’t get too hot to the touch.

If you’re interested in getting this particular heat mat you’ll find it here. Priced at £16.49 with free UK delivery it’s a cheaper alternative to most heated propagators but still an expense. If this doesn’t suit your budget it’s still possible to germinate some seed by using a radiator or warm airing cupboard. Once germinated, seedlings can grow at lower temperatures in a bright room. It will take longer but you should see some decent results.

If you do decide to get one please do let us know how you’re getting on.