Why Slughelp Was Made



My name is Alex, and I grew up on a small family farm with cows, pigs, chickens, and sheep.

Of course, we also had cats, a dog, and two large vegetable gardens: my mother’s and my grandmother’s.

famers garden
A vegetable garden similar to my grandma’s.

When I was very young, my brother and I were each given a small patch in my mom’s garden, on which we could grow, for example, herbs, a few potatoes, and strawberries.

I love strawberries; unfortunately, slugs love them, too.

I believe the seeds were sown at that time, seeds that are now bearing fruit with this website because this page is created out of love and respect for nature.

The great wish for a life in harmony with nature is deeply rooted in me, and this page is an expression of this aspiration.

A snail plague can only occur when the delicate balances in nature are disturbed.

I aspire to show ways that lead back to the harmony of the original horticulture that was created over thousands of years in the gardens of humanity.

Slug Pellets Are Not the Way

For many reasons, I believe poisoned slug baits/pellets are not the solution to a slug or snail problem.

Do you know anyone who once scattered slug pellets and never needed them again?

My experience is exactly the opposite. Once used, you need them over and over again.

It’s like a painkiller that makes the garden addicted because poison fights the symptoms but not the causes.

The first time I became aware of this was in the spring of 2015 at the Happy Farm.

Happy Farm Logo
Happy Farm—Plum Village

Experience at Happy Farm

In 2015, I was working in an organic garden in France, which had the beautiful name: ‘Happy Farm’.

Unfortunately, we were not happy at that time because our young plants were being threatened by hordes of brown slugs: so-called Spanish slugs.

As my bosses did not know what to do to save the young plants, we were spreading slug pellets over large areas of the garden. But that did not seem to help.

On the contrary, we found more and more slugs during our nightly ‘slug watch’ sessions.

When we went out at nightfall, we would sometimes collect more than a thousand slugs.

It seemed the slugs from all over the area were being lured into our garden.

For me, this ended in a traumatic experience.

One day, I was sitting in the garden, and I felt sick to my stomach.

My boss and I had watched a slug as it was heading towards one of the blue slug pellets.

Addressing the slug, my boss commented, ‘Oh no, do not do that!’ And we both laughed out loud.

I realized then that we had crossed a line.

There is no way to peace – peace is the way! (Thich Nhat Hanh)

We were not just in any ordinary garden. No, we were in the garden of the Buddhist monastery ‘Plum Village’.

And what we did was in direct contradiction to the Buddhist principle of nonviolence.

Although we were not monks, our behavior went against the general reverence for life that we tried to practice.

I think that’s why I felt sick. I also remembered that as a teenager, I had often asked myself the question: ‘How would I have behaved at the time of Fascism in Germany?’

Would I have joined the resistance, would I have turned a blind eye as so many did, or would I even have participated in the mass murder?

It became clear to me that day that I was witnessing and participating in mass murder. The mass murder of extremely peaceful beings.

But that was not all. I even laughed about it. That was the moment when I realized how easy it is to become dull.

Because slugs that eat the molluscicide iron phosphate do not die immediately. No, they die very slowly after they have eaten the poison.

The iron closes their digestive tract, and they cannot swallow anymore. This means they starve slowly over several days.

I realized then that this form of death is torture, and I knew that I could no longer watch this happening. I could no longer participate, and I felt the urge to resist.

So, I tried to find alternatives and to convince the other (un)happy farmers to try something else.

But unfortunately, I did not act very skillfully and therefore ran into walls.

I was not alone in my criticism, but my bosses did not want to know about it.

Ultimately, I left Happy Farm.

But during this time, the plan to write slug control guidelines for all gardeners and farmers for whom poison is not a solution was hatched.

slug fence
A slug fence can protect plants peacefully.

Alternative Methods of Effective Slug Control

As a result of what happened in Plum Village, I searched for suitable alternatives, and I found many.

This website is the result of my research. Here, anyone willing to go another way can find poison-free means to deal with slugs in the garden.

For example, it is possible to effectively exclude snails and slugs from beds using a slug fence or by using copper against slugs.

It is also possible to slowly restore the equilibrium between snails, slugs, and their natural predators, as this usually occurs everywhere in nature.

Both approaches can be combined to re-establish the natural harmony of the garden in a nonviolent and peaceful way.

On Happy Farm, too, a rethinking has slowly taken place because the use of poison goes against the Buddhist values of Plum Village.

It also became clear there that slug pellets are not a successful long-term solution. They are just a fight against symptoms.

The real causes of slug population booms cannot be resolved, but will be intensified if slug pellets are used.

I often hear that the Spanish slug would have no native enemies, since it would have emigrated from Spain.

But this is only one of many myths and fables around the topic ‘slugs in the garden’.

The Spanish slug is Central European, as recent genetic research has shown.

And slugs certainly have many enemies. Otherwise, we would not be able to set our foot outside the door without stepping on one of them.

So, do not lose hope. It is possible to settle their enemies – birds, hedgehogs, toads, etc. – and to restore the natural balance in your garden.

Happy Farmers Change the World Thich Nhat Hanh Calligraphy
Happy farmers will change the world!

On Happy Farm, they have an advantage because plenty of fireflies still live there. And fireflies are one of slugs’ and snails’ worst enemies.

But unfortunately, they are susceptible to light smog and insecticides. That is why in most places fireflies are already extinct. And once extinct, reintroducing them to an area is complicated.

(It helps to use only warm-white LEDs from 1000 to 3000 Kelvin. Because it is the cold blue light – above 3000 Kelvin – that affects insects much more. Most insects cannot even see warm red light.)

Fortunately, many other insects – such as ground beetles, flies or harvestmen – like to eat slugs.

The extinction of insects in many places and the rise of slugs and snails seem secretly connected.

That is why one of the best measures against slugs is the resettlement and protection of insects.

Click on the link for more information about how to promote biodiversity in your garden.

toad frog
Frogs and toads like to eat slugs.

Support Slughelp

All information on this website is free.

But the project is financed via affiliate links.

This site must somehow finance itself, and this is a simple way of doing so.

I sincerely apologize to anyone who dislikes that.

Maybe in the future, this will no longer be necessary.

This site was launched with a lot of passion, care, and time.

Hopefully, it will help many gardeners in a way that is successful and sustainable.

May you find what you are looking for.

And may you and your garden be healthy and happy, so your harvest will be joyful and rich!

If you have any suggestions on how to improve this web project, please let me know:

Write to: info@slughelp.com

Thank you very much for your support!

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6 thoughts on “Why Slughelp Was Made”

  1. Hello, Alex

    I accidentally came across your site while desperately searching for a remedy to cure slug problem in my raised beds. Slugs are eating my young spinach and raddish plants and i don’t like it!! Once found, i went through all the sections and thoroughly enjoyed it! Wonderful work, very well presented. Thank you so much for your time and efforts! Even before reading your site, i had bought slug gone pack which i have spread today and took some pictures so i will know if it has worked or not. I have one very bothering question though. Are the slugs in raised formed in the soil in the raised bed or they always come to raised bed from ground below? If they are formed from the soil in the raised bed then unless I put in sterilised soil, there is no way i can win the battle. If they come to eat my plants, every night from down below, then slug fence is the best defence i have. Is my assumption true? Once they breed in the raised bed, again i have lost the battle? Between the metal fence ( 2 bends ) and electric wire fence ( 9 volts battery ) which is more effective? have you done any experiments on this ? and what is result? Retrospectoscope is a great thing. I will now tell my children to build a defence before they put soil in the raised beds! I eagerly await your reply. Best wishes. Hope you are well and safe!

    • Hello Sudhir,

      thank you very much for your comment. Did the sheep wool pellets work? Maybe you could send me pictures?

      There are slug species that sometimes live in the soil (agriolimacidae) and others that normally don’t ( e. g. arionidae).

      Anyway, you can win the battle peacefully. I would recommend to you to put up attraction points. Then you can pick the slugs up easily when they hide there during the day and relocate them. You can find more info here: Slug traps – in harmony with nature.

      The metal slug fence and electric slug fences both work well. You could use both of them. Anyhow, if you manage to pick them up you might not need them.

      I wish you good luck raising your plants.

      May they be healthy, happy and safe from slug infestations :)


  2. i would love to send you the pictures of the copper rings i made from sticking pennies around recycled waste if you have an email address? i am a huge fan of your site and always send it to as many people as i can. unlike other so-called organic sites, this one also respects creatures’ right to life, and this means everything to me.

  3. Dear Alex,
    Thank you very much for your help. The link to Amazon for the clear plastic live slug trap does not work. I also cannot find it on Amazon. Do you have information which help me find it online for purchase?
    Thank you,


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