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Thank Heaven For Ferric Phosphate :)

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I unashamedly scatter my Sluggy poison all over the garden in spring, and the results are excellent. Here’s some info. from the web. on this chemical:

No adverse effects to humans are known or expected. Iron phosphate is considered GRAS (generally regarded as safe for food use). Snails and slugs are more sensitive to the effects of iron phosphate than are other organisms. No toxicity was seen in mammals, birds, or fish.
Biopesticides Fact Sheet for Iron phosphate (Ferric phosphate) – EPA
https://www3.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/reg…/fs_PC-034903_01-Mar-01.pdf

Right, now that’s out of the way, here are some of the lovelies enjoying the rain….

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I like your hosta collection Karen. Mine are already sending up flower spikes. Is the Iron phosphate safe around your dogs?

16 Jun, 2019

 

They look great. I use nothing for slugs and lose some or dont grow them anymore so i would love to have a go but is the stuff safe does it get in the garden food chain - pond life, hedgehogs cats etc?

16 Jun, 2019

 

Lovely pictures Karen, nice to know of alternative working slug killer. I'm still on the blue ones until my stock runs out

16 Jun, 2019

 

I'd never heard of this so have been looking it up and there are lots on the market so I might give this a try. On Friday's GW the Hosta grower used a garlic spray he made up himself. Only trouble is I hate the smell of garlic.

16 Jun, 2019

 

There is information in the link above folks. But no adverse effects have been noted. It is, after all, just Iron.

16 Jun, 2019

 

Absolutely lovely collection of hostas! You’re right Karen, it is just iron. Nothing too dangerous!

16 Jun, 2019

 

Thanks Kate. Some folk are not convinced - apparently there in another ingredient, not listed on the packaging, which can be harmful to other wildlife. Ho hum...there’s always a hitch isn’t there.

16 Jun, 2019

 

Karan: Do you know the Hosta name in pic #1? Looks like 'Praying Hands".

16 Jun, 2019

 

It is Bathgate. One of my favourites. Its a toughie!

16 Jun, 2019

 

I've added this to my favourites. Good to know, Karen.

16 Jun, 2019

 

Thanks Karen, I need to investigate, sounds great.
Hostas looking good, I spy fire and ice I think. Brother Stefan is on my wishlist.

16 Jun, 2019

 

Hmm..nice..similar to Dream weaver, which is the blue one on this set.

17 Jun, 2019

 

Hi Karen, lovely collection, and I agree, I wouldn't be without slug pellets, in my opinion they're the only thing that works, Derek.

17 Jun, 2019

 

Thank you for this Karen. I too have popped it into favourites. Lovely Hostas collection. It always amazes me to see the ' Hostas pots' in the winter ... they never fail to return each year though.

18 Jun, 2019

 

A super collection of Hostas everyone a winner, all of ours are now in containers, and I shall be trying the garlic spray! already using 🐑 sheep wool pellets, not sure how effective these are!!

18 Jun, 2019

 

Your Hosta's look amazing Karen, I do still have some of the blue pellets left over from last years and admit I have used them in my g'houses, I put mesh across the doors so my pets cannot get in, I bought some of the sheeps wool based one, it seems to be working well but has a mega downside for me, cannot use it in my back garden as the smell attracted Brynner immediately, luckily he didn't kill my plants but I found them all over the floor as he emptied the pots to get at the layer I'd placed around them...I've purchased copper tape now waiting for the rains to stop long enough to do my pots..

19 Jun, 2019

 

Hm...Doggies can be pesky! ;)

19 Jun, 2019

 

Lovely hostas Karen and glad the slug poison is wildlife friendly.
I don't use anything but then again I don't have hostas now but my hedgehog seems to keep the pests away and my frogs 😀

19 Jun, 2019

 

Hi San, we found a huge frog where the old barrel pond used to be, tried to catch him!! no way! hoping he will find the new pond at the top of the garden.......plenty of slugs around for him to eat!!w(°o°)w

19 Jun, 2019

 

Hi Angela I'm sure your frog will find your new pond and hopefully you'll have a family by next yr. To eat the slugs 😋 x

19 Jun, 2019

 

Dotty, you may recall that we drained and then planted up our little pond ... bought a small barrel for water plants and now have tadpoles in there ... the wonders of nature eh?

20 Jun, 2019

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