Using homeopathy in the garden for slug control (and other critter control) is a relatively new field of study. To me it stands to reason that if humans respond to homeopathic treatment, why wouldn’t other living creatures respond as well. And then we move to “why wouldn’t plants respond too”?
But let’s just stick to critters for now. There is a growing body of research that indicates lower life forms such as slugs do respond to homeopathic remedies.
When we are talking about homeopathy for the garden, it is referred to as agrohomeopathy. I have been researching this quite a bit, ever since coming across Rudolph Steiner’s work on biodynamic agriculture, which, as a five year patient of a fine Homeopathic practitioner, immediately struck me as “homeopathy for the soil.” But back to those spineless slug critters…
Slugs and snails are the bane of many gardens and gardeners. Mine included. I have learned how to control slugs (don’t have snails) to a pretty great extent by spreading a 1cm (1/2″) layer of dry screened compost over emerging seedlings. The slugs crawl onto the compost, it sticks to their body, their transmission is now in neutral as they can’t lay down a slime trail to crawl on… out comes the morning sun – met voila – Escargots! (minus the butter and garlic). However, this only works where I apply the compost and after heavy rain it has to be fluffed up or top dressed. Enter the wonderful world of agrohomeopathy.
I also use a 10% solution of household ammonia that is very effective on most any critter you spray it on. But back to agrohomeopathy.
I needed a slug control that wasn’t dependent on seeing them or working just where I thought they were. Mr. Google is a great resource – sometimes. After having the idea introduced to me by my wonderful homeopath, I found this article for agrohomeopathy. I will leave you to study and decide on a course of action, but my Helix Tosta arrived today – from Austria – it pays to have a homeopath who has a mother with the same enemy as I do. Tomorrow it goes on the garden. Needless to say, I will keep you posted. BTW, I was able to get all four remedies mentioned in the article, although three had to be imported. Silicea terra is more readily available.
Stay tuned to Lively Dirt – the garden doctor is in… in the garden!