Slugs and the Butcombe Box
Butcombe box on square foot garden
What is a Butcombe box?
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
- Alternatively purchase the following guides: 'The little book of slugs' by Allan Shepherd and Suzanne Galant or 'Banish Slugs' - A Green Essentials Guide - both available from the Organic Gardening Catalogue.