Although I've never really believed in it, I've been treating my plants for a
few years with homeopathic remedies.
I never had much success with voles and slugs in my garden because they both
thrive so well there among my plants. An apple tree, a lovely rose more than
sixty years old, a kiwi, countless lettuce, chard, beans, lovage bushes, and
numerous vegetables have all fallen prey to the rodents and slugs.
Finally, I resorted to poison although I was sorry for the animals and I felt
distaste for the plants because of all the poison in the soil. Then, last year,
while looking for alternatives, I heard of Arvicolinae (rodents)
and Helix tosta
in one of your bulletins. I ordered the remedies but to start with, there was
This year, I poured some Arvicolinae D6 undiluted, just a few milliliters,
into each of their burrows. They disappeared!!!! Every four weeks, I pour a few
drops into the places where their burrows were. They've truly gone. I can't
quite believe it but a fact is a fact. Even my doubting neighbour took a few ml
to try himself. They've disappeared from his place too. I've found that the
remedy does not work when diluted but I don't care. I'll keep on using it pure
for the time being and hope that the sweet little things will carry on their
painstaking work in somebody else's garden.
This year, I began using Helix
and there too, I've had good results. The biggest success was the attempt to
protect my iceberg lettuces, which are located next to the "slug
hole", a concrete trough in my allotment garden – no-one really knows what
it's good for, but I use it to park the water barrels next to the terrace. It's
always damp and it's a major breeding ground for slugs. Right next to that, I
put my trial veggie bed for lettuce this year. I took the risk of planting my
surplus seedlings there and watered them with diluted Helix tosta, half a teaspoon in
10 litres of water. I deliberately left out two plants – and they were duly
stripped bare. The others (around 20) are still alive and doing just fine. So,
from now on, I'll be watering and re-watering my young plants with Helix tosta, and I'll carry on experimenting.
Next in line are my cherry and apple trees.
I.K., Cologne, Germany, 2013
Photos: Wikimedia Commons
Arvicola terrestris; Peter Trimmins; Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license
Ermgaard; Snoop; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license
Orange slug; Guillaume Brocker; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license
Keywords: voles, slugs
Remedies: Arvicolinae, Helix tosta
This article was originally published in www.interhomeopathy.org