Thursday, June 17, 2010

#%^! Slugs: Part Two

I have to thank you all. I put out a call for help when the slugs infested my garden again.
I received several comments. Many suggested the beer traps. I got one for Slug-O. And an eco-friendly friend suggested a plant wash.

The hubby decided to take matters into his own hands and that wasn't eco-friendly. At first I wasn't so thrilled with that plan, but frankly, the stuff said it was OK for a garden and I was tired of seeing the damage done from those slimy buggers.

But at 10:30 p.m. the other night, the hubby grabbed my headlamp and decided to see if could track them down. And he did. He quickly came back to report that they were in the lawn and heading towards the artichoke. And that they were pretty big.

So I had to check them out for myself. And he was right. Four of them were heading towards the artichoke and they were big and clearly on a mission. I got a little defensive towards my plants. I channeled my inner 8-year old boy and I took care of the problem. With salt. Yeah, that's right. I salted the hell out of those little buggers. Peta fans just step off now because I enjoyed it a little too much.

I managed to stop these four but I know there are others out there. Too bad for them I picked up my salt at Costco.


Anonymous said...

When I see them they DIE. No mercy from me, man. My friend recommended diatomacious earth (I have no idea how to spell that) she is a strict organic gardener, and she says it works better than egg shells. She also salts them!

PICAdrienne said...

Ammonia water is much better for the soil, and just as deadly to the slugs. Just make an ammonia water solution, put it in a spray bottle, and spray the darn things. Works great if you are slug hunting, but not so great as a day to day protection.

Sara K. said...

Glad that they are vanquished and that no harm has come to the artichokes. That would have been a TRAVESTY!

LeAnne said...

Where do you get diatomacious earth? I've been using Sluggo, since I have dogs, but it's $10 per can and I use a can a week! Maybe I'll hit Costco for some salt!

Shannon @ AnchorMommy said...

Ha ha ha! Costco salt??? They are DOOMED.

Way to go, Meg! You gotta do what you gotta do.