Showing posts with label #Slugs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Slugs. Show all posts

Monday, July 19, 2021

Slugs ... I Hate Slugs!

                                        Slugs.They are disgusting. slimy little eating machines.
I have no qualms about dispatching the buggers. One of the most effective ways of killing slugs is to use ... beer.  Fill a shallow container with beer and sink it into the soil so that the top of the container sits slightly above the soil line.  Highly attracted to the beer, the slugs crawl in, get drunk, can't climb out, and drown. Pictured above is just part of one night's haul.  Although not very attractive, I have beer-filled cat food cans dotting my garden beds.  On average there are 3 cat food cans per flower bed. I have a cat, so I have plenty of cat food cans.  Really, any small can or container will do. And the beer? I get the cheapest beer I can find.
Weather plays a big role in the proliferation of slugs. Cool, damp conditions are a slug's paradise. In the heat of summer, gardeners usually welcome the rain. A good rain sure beats having to lug around a garden hose or watering can to water thirsty gardens. Yet, it can have its downside. A string of rainy summer days is pure ecstasy for slugs.  Slugs are primarily night feeding creatures, but I have seen them crawling across the rain soaked soil in the middle of the day to zero in on a zinnia.
I have only 3 zinnias left. I was a bit too late in getting the beer bait out. Better late than never, and the beer did stop the rampage. As an extra deterrent, I sprinkled some crushed eggshells around the base of the remaining seedlings. Slugs supposedly don't like crawling across sharp edges of the eggshells. For me, they do seem to help tremendously.
Coffee grounds scattered at the base of plants is also known to be a deterrent
as well as a few pieces of copper wire twisted together and used as a barrier band around the base of a plant.  If you're not squeamish ...
use your fingers to pluck the slimy buggers off your plants and dispose of them in a container of soapy water.  Or get ...
some ducks! They think slugs are just yummy!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Surprises In My Rainy Pocono Mountain Garden In July 2018

Rain, rain, go away.  Come back ...  in late August ... when things are usually bone dry. Right now my gardens are somewhat waterlogged and the slugs are having a field day! Bleh!  I am handling the situation as creatively as I can  ... and I'm kind of surprised by some of the results. 
In my front garden, my tall garden Phlox are, surprisingly, doing very well. Not much slug damage, considering. Before the deluge, I had been putting out recycled cat food cans filled with beer and successfully drowning the buggers. When the rains came, the beer trick no longer worked. So, I switched to granular slug bait. Works just fine. Been using it in all my gardens.
Flower pots can be a different story. With my herb pot (Lemon Balm, Rosemary & Basil) when the rains came I began noticing slug damage. So, I sprinkled granular slug bait on the soil surface and moved the pot close to my sliding glass door off my back deck. Now being under an overhang, the pot no longer gets drenched. Although the plants are not getting the bright, dry sunshine they would like, the sun will shine again. That's when I will move them back to the sunny side of the back deck.  Summer is far from over!
I also moved my pot of Mexican Sunflowers over there, too. No flowers yet, but they are late bloomers. I don't normally have flowers til the end of August, but they are so worth waiting for!
Slowly climbing up a trellis on my back deck is also a combo of Grandpa Ott Morning Glories & Moonflowers. Since the pair take their sweet time, I started them indoors in May and planted them out in June. Although they really don't get going til late August, they usually never fail to bloom their pretty little heads off! Just hope we have a lot of sun and heat return in the next few weeks to make them happy!  Oh, almost forgot ...
with my flower pots that can't be moved, or really can't be covered with an empty pot or whatever, I improvised and covered the base of the plants with loosely packed plastic bags from the supermarket. Sort of a "raincoat" for the plants. Surprisingly, it really does help.

 On a different, but another really positive note, sometimes plants will behave in ways you wouldn't expect.
On my front deck, I also have a trellis planted with Moonflowers, but with them, I planted Heavenly blue Morning Glories instead of Grandpa Ott's. I had started them both indoors as well. In the last week, I have had two Moonflowers bloom already. I was initially surprised when I saw them forming buds so early in the season. Must have been the mini heat spell  of about 4 days we had in June. Anyway, the first one bloomed about 2 in the afternoon on a cloudy, dreary, misty day.  The second, bloomed a few days later. The Heavenly Blues haven't even started forming buds, yet. Go figure. They will ... eventually. What can I say? I am thankful for small miracles.

Happy Gardening to all!