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Ardeur et Douceur



In autumn, we gardeners have an opportunity not to be missed to try to limit the quantity of slugs in the garden...the harvest of eggs!

So go through the garden, the containers, lift the compost, the mulch delicately and collect them to destroy them, or give them away...

Unlike farmed snail eggs, they are not edible, but there is no danger for your chickens. If you have any, this is the right time to release them in the garden so that they can play their role in the garden's food chain!

The natural predators of slugs, snails and their eggs are numerous: birds, hedgehogs, moles, shrews, toads, frogs, salamanders, orvets, carabid beetles, staphylines, millipedes, lampreys and many others... they need to be provided with shelters and favorable conditions for their reproduction

If your garden is large, leave some places in a "wild" state, shelters, piles of branches (hedgehogs, orvets), stones (carabids, staphylines), tiles (toads) and of course shrubs for the birds, a rural hedge, and nesting boxes.

A pond, even a small one, is essential for the reproduction of frogs, toads, salamanders...

To find the balance between parasite and predator with the aim of producing healthily without harming the earth is a work of observation and a mixture of subtle and permanent intervention-non-intervention... this is permaculture, respecting the inhabitants of the soil while creating the most adequate conditions possible for our crops.

We must try to regulate and not eliminate slugs which also play a necessary role in our gardens, they feed on decomposing plants... they participate in the formation of humus, the basis of soil fertility, just like our friends the earthworms!

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