"Slugs" Gardening Tips by Rolly A. Chabot
We are still in the grips of winter off and on and we are looking at the better part of next week being blessed with more snow. One needs to ask when it is going to stop. Like most around this neck of the woods we are all tired of it. But then again when you are greeted in the morning wit a fresh layer of the white stuff and the world is all clean again well it is special.
As I mentioned I have decided to share little snippets of gardening tips over the next while and some natural ways to create some of those wonderful flowers and garden we so much look forward to having.
Please gather around and make yourself comfortable. You will have time for a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate so settle in. I see you are all sitting with your feet in the air over the subject matter but have no fear there are none in the house or the gardens here for that matter.... above all know that you are all loved.
Hated and despised by all gardens and once you have them they are hard to get rid of. There are many products out there on the market that claim to be the be all end all. They are very expensive and often can be harmful to children and pets. So be cautious of using them. Keep in mind for every chemical or product used to desiccate you are changing something in your plants or the soil they grow in. Unseen by most dirt contains all sorts of good Micros and Micro elements that keep the soil and plants healthy. Upset the balance and you have problems which could take a long while to repair.
There have been many things that have been tried over the years. An age old one is beer in a low container. Slugs are attracted to the smell of the yeast and it does work well as I have used it. It though is not the best. once the creatures are dead you will need to dispose of them. The act of having to handle the containers is nearly as repulsive as having them. I have found another which works much better, it is very cheap, bio degradable and really recycling at its finest.
Grow you own
Its free and we all have it. Well in my case a little, it is human hair. You can collect all you want at the Hair Salon for free. I know you are all laughing now about the miracle product but is without a doubt the best I have found.
Generally what you want to do is cut the hair in about 1 inch lengths and simply spread it as evenly as you can throughout your flower beds. Something most people do not know is the ugly slug is a very particular creature. You see they keep themselves very clean. I know it is not common practice to pick up a slug and look but I will tell you for certain you will never see them with dirt or debris such as pieces of dried leaves stuck to them.
What happens to Mr Slug is he is going about in search of of the goodies in your gardens. Once he passes under a hair it will stick like to him like crazy glue to your fingers. What happens is he will spend the rest of his life attempting to get the offending hair off of himself. Now here you have another benefit because he composed very quickly and becomes a great nutrient for your soil.
I was involved in a study years ago of what colours slugs were attracted to the most and they were light yellows and particularly white. Just a little something you want to keep in mind in planting. You do not need a whole lot of either to offer contrast in your flower beds.
Give it a try
An infestation of these little guys will strip your lush flowers bare in no time at all if left unchecked. The have veracious appetites and proliferate at an amazing rate. Both the female and the male have reproductive organs. After they have copulated they will bury about 30 eggs in the dirt and within days the babies are active and with a month are reproducing themselves. You can do the calculation and by the time you are done you have a problem.
I do hope this helps you during the summer months to spend time to really enjoy your gardening. I do love to go the organic route in all areas of my yard, this is just one of the many tricks that do work well. Remember any chemical, pesticide or for that matter salt will change the PH and harm the good things you have in the soil... Enjoy.
© Rolly A. Chabot