If you’re having trouble with slugs and snails, don’t jump for the chemicals. There are a some simple tricks to try. Here are the two that I know about.
The first came from Mama and her strawberry patch. Slugs were eating her strawberries. She made traps for them by filling shallow dishes (I think I remember them being the saucers from an old dish set) with beer. The smell of the beer attracted the slugs, then they would crawl in and drown.
The one I’ve heard about more recently comes from one of the gardeners I talk with at the farmers market. He puts a line of crushed egg shells around the border of his garden to deter snails and slugs. Both don’t like crawling over the jagged edges, which cut them up if they do. The plus side to this method is that rain doesn’t easily effect the shells.
I hope theses ideas help you in your organic pest control. As a side note, I inherited a whole book on the subject from my grandma. I’m looking forward to reading it and passing along information as I try things.