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Appalachian Writer
05-29-2009, 05:37 AM
Okay, I thought there was a gardening thread, but alas, I couldn't find it. I chose to post in Office Party because slugs (terrestrial pulmonate gastropods) are having a party in my flower beds! Help! I've got a thousand pans of beer lurking under the Hostas, around the Vincas, and by the lilies! Any other suggestions? Help!!! It's a horror show out there!!

Silver King
05-29-2009, 05:52 AM
You have a good memory. There was indeed a gardening thread (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=132271) here that made its way to the Cooking forum that was more food related. :)

dolores haze
05-29-2009, 05:54 AM
Tried salting them?

Wayne K
05-29-2009, 06:05 AM
How about a good talking to?

Appalachian Writer
05-30-2009, 07:28 AM
Tried salting them?

I've salted the ones that creep their way onto my deck, but alas...can't salt the earth.:( My granddaughter watches "Miss Spider's Sunny Patch." One of the characters is a slug. She thinks they're cute. Have to hide my murderous intent from her. (oowahahaha) One site suggested removing them from my plants with a hatpin!

Button
05-30-2009, 07:37 AM
slugs (terrestrial pulmonate gastropods)

I must say that I was absolutely thrilled to see this thread, because I saw strange words I didn't know and they looked/sounded in my head so disgusting. So I wanted to figure out what they meant. I'm a sick, strange girl who loves odd words and things I don't know... and gross things are thrilling.

Gastropods. I know I've heard it before, but I never associated with slugs. That's what I shall call them from now on.

Derailment ends.

You're right about no salting the garden. It will ruin the ground. Go out to you local garden center. They've got either a powder or a chemical (I'm not fond of chemicals, but what can you do?) that you can drop on them and not kill the plants.

Appalachian Writer
05-30-2009, 07:42 AM
I must say that I was absolutely thrilled to see this thread, because I saw strange words I didn't know and they looked/sounded in my head so disgusting. So I wanted to figure out what they meant. I'm a sick, strange girl who loves odd words and things I don't know... and gross things are thrilling.

Gastropods. I know I've heard it before, but I never associated with slugs. That's what I shall call them from now on.

Derailment ends.

Thanks for the kind words about my words...When I started this thread, I wanted something eye-catching. Glad I caught your eye. (That sounds a bit strange, but hey..)

You're right about no salting the garden. It will ruin the ground. Go out to you local garden center. They've got either a powder or a chemical (I'm not fond of chemicals, but what can you do?) that you can drop on them and not kill the plants.[/quote]

We have a farmer's co-op in town. I'll trot on over there tomorrow morning and ask for SLUG KILLER>

Button
05-30-2009, 07:42 AM
I'm googling, and have found this: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4672614_snails-slugs-hurt-garden.html

I don't know if the bowl of beer works, but I know a cup of vinegar works for gnats so maybe...

I don't like the salt idea, sounds like this writer didn't realize the salt might hurt the plants.

More ideas here: http://www.gardensalive.com/article.asp?ai=627&bhcd2=1243654893

Appalachian Writer
05-30-2009, 07:47 AM
I'm googling, and have found this: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4672614_snails-slugs-hurt-garden.html

I don't know if the bowl of beer works, but I know a cup of vinegar works for gnats so maybe...

I don't like the salt idea, sounds like this writer didn't realize the salt might hurt the plants.

More ideas here: http://www.gardensalive.com/article.asp?ai=627&bhcd2=1243654893

Went to the gardensalive site! I'm pulling my hair out right now so the slugs can get tangled in it. I don't have ducks, but putting slugs in a jar of pennies just to watch them spark sounds pretty cool right now! Thanks for the heads up on the website!:)

EFCollins
05-30-2009, 07:52 AM
Hey Appalachian Writer. Here's a suggestion for slugs. I don't know why it works, but it does. Get a few bowls (Old butter bowls will work) and cut holes in the lids big enough for the slugs to get into. Fill the bowls up with beer and set them around your garden. For some reason, slugs like beer. I used to do this when they got into my cabbage patch every year. It seriously works. Hope it helps.

Matera the Mad
05-30-2009, 08:20 AM
When I was a little weirdo, I liked to play with slugs.

Now I prefer to invite them to beer parties.