Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Slugs

This wet, wet summer is inviting the slugs to my garden! They are not welcome here. Just look at the devastation they bring!! The beds they have devoured the most are very narrow 1ft wide raised beds full of Napa Cabbage and Green Leaf Lettuce. I've heard people use shallow pans of beer to lure the slugs to their drunken death, but my beds are a little too narrow to fit shallow dishes and plants. A friend suggested that I try crushed egg shells, and so far it is helping. Apparently they don't like the feel of the sharp shells on their slimy bellies. We save the egg shells for crushing and sprinkling over the garden anyway. This time we just left them on top of the soil and made them a chunky texture instead of crushing them fine. Crushing egg shells turns out to be a pretty fun project.

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  1. We have a bag of egg shells in our fridge waiting to be crushed! Glad to know it is helping!

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  2. The other thing that works is diatomaceous earth, the egg shells are always a good idea because they add calcium to the soil!

    We have been known to go out at dusk with a flashlight and a salt shaker, and actually pick the slugs right off our plants- not for the faint of heart :)

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  3. Well-done compassionate gardener!

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  4. UGH! SLUGS!! I feel your pain my friend! I tried egg shells and that didn't seem to work but you have more than I did. I may try it again. And I did go out at 10:30 to seek them out and dump salt on them. Yes...wasn't for the faint of heart but I was tired of losing my garden goodies to the slimy buggers!

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