Patrick Whitefield on the art of watering seedlings and slug prevention

Daniel Dobbie
Monday, 20th May 2013

The UK weather is always changing. One day it's raining and the next day the sun is shining. These weather conditions have dramatic effects on the garden.

In this video, Patrick Whitefield, permaculture teacher, author and gardener, explains how water and slugs go hand-in-hand.

This simple video shows how to give seedlings their optimum level of water, so they can cope on the hot days but not be so wet that they are a great meal for slugs, and how to prevent those pesky slugs and snails in the garden from devouring your carrots or leafy greens.

Patrick teaches residential and online permaculture and land courses. To find out more visit

Patrick has written books about Permaculture, Tipi Living, Earth Care and Forest Gardens. For his books visit 

More resources

20 Ways to Control Slugs in the Permaculture Garden or on the Allotment

Using ducks to control pests: Using Biological Resources - An Original Permaculture Principle

Keep Slugs out of Your Plant Pots for a Year

Using Recycyling to Home Seedlings

Pipster |
Tue, 26/11/2013 - 17:02

My favourite way of making slug traps is to cut off the top of a plastic bottle (where the tapered neck stops and the cylindrical part starts) then simply reinsert the neck of the bottle back in mouth first.. you now have a cylinder with a funnel leading into it.. just but the beer in and lie it on it's side ..these don't need to be secured as they will just roll around and still work. and are easily may need to use a bit of Vaseline as a seal to stop it leaking

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