Slugs and the Butcombe Box

Question ...

What is a Butcombe box?

Answer ...

An Garden Organic member pioneered a slug-deterrent bed called the Butcombe Box. It is a small 4 feet square, 6 inch high wooden sided box with a moat made out of guttering attached to the outside edge. The box is divided up into square foot plots in order to grow different family crops using a crop rotation.

Attach copper piping on the outside of your raised bed about 2 inches from the top. Slugs will not cross this barrier, making the area a completely slug proof bed!

There are numerous ways of controlling slugs organically. Choose from many slug traps, barriers and deterrents available in the Organic Gardening Catalogue

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