Slugs can really wreak havoc in the garden. It’s a terrible surprise to go out to the garden to harvest some goodies and find they’ve been tasted by a bunch of slugs! The best way to combat slugs is to find something they won’t want to crawl through. If you’ve ever picked one up, you know how unbelievably slimy they are. They have to stay moist to survive, which is why anything that will cause them to dry out is generally avoided. Here are some ideas on what you can use in your garden to keep slugs (and snails) at bay.
Take any of the following dry ingredients and sprinkle them around the plants you don’t want slugs to bother:
Collect the ash from your fireplace and save it for your garden. It’s best to use wood ash and not the stuff from the trash barrel. Your plants will thank you!
I save all my eggshells and dry them on a cookie sheet. After cracking the egg, rinse out the shell before placing it on the cookie sheet to dry. Once dry, you can crush up the shells into fine grit or small pieces. These stick to the bottom of a slug as it tries to crawl across the shell bits.
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You can use these wet or dry. I often spread the grounds out on a cookie sheet or in a baking dish to dry, then mix them with my eggshells. I often don’t have enough of either one to use them by themselves.
These are great to use and easy to collect, if you have a pine tree in your yard.
This powder made from the cell walls of microscopic algae is not only great for getting rid of fleas on pets, in and around the house, but also for keeping slugs out of the garden. The shells of diatoms are used in all sorts of things; reflective roadside paint (their shells make it reflective), toothpaste (grit), high-temperature insulation in fire doors, detergents, and so much more.
You can have a vegetable garden even if you only have a small area to work with. Here’s a good read to get you started:
Pour a bunch of beer in a pie plate and the slugs will crawl into it. I’ve never tried the beer trap, because I didn’t want to go out and find a bunch of dead slugs in the garden, but I hear it works. I prefer to simply deter them and cause them to go find another food source, besides my lovely veggies!
This is another one I’ve never tried, since my husband is a woodworker and would be a bit upset to find his sandpaper out in my garden. However, he does have quite a lot of sawdust that he’s more than happy to get rid of.
Due to the large number of beaches around where I live, there is plenty of sand to be had.
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If you are a fan of oranges, then start saving those rinds! You can also dry the rinds of lemons or limes too. You’ll need a good grinder to crush them up into small pieces, once they are completely dry. A small coffee grinder will work too, but it will take quite a long time and your coffee might have a bit of a citrus flavor to it for awhile.
Wormwood, rosemary, rue, fennel, and anise are all plants that deter slugs. There are tons of plants that offer protection from garden pests of all sorts!
I hope these suggestions are helpful and you’re able to keep those pesky slugs out of the garden. You can also use these products in the flower garden too!
How do you deal with slugs?
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