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Post  Chopper on 8/25/2011, 9:58 pm

I saw - eating tops off of new seedlings! grrrr - some snail damage and I went to get my snail bait (sorry kids - snails are too vicious here and way too plentiful). I was out. I was out of everything. Do not even have beer.

But I do have epsom salts. So I sprinkled liberally around the outside of the boxes and in the boxes themselves. What do you think? Caustic enough? Too much ES for the good of the soil/plants?

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Post  littlesapphire on 8/26/2011, 8:18 am

Well, I've read that epsom salt is beneficial to plants, but I would be cautious of using too much. Too much of anything is bad, after all.

I've been using coffee! Also, next year I'm going to buy copper tape. I know that copper works to deter slugs because I set up a border of pennies around the edge of my gardens last year. However, they're pennies, so they went everywhere! I was going to buy it this year, but decided to see what the gardens would be like without the copper barrier. Let's just say the slugs are happy.
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Post  boffer on 8/26/2011, 10:57 am

Copper strip: Nope


Copper wire: Nope


Electric fence: Oh Yeah!


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Post  littlesapphire on 8/26/2011, 11:07 am

Haha That's so mean and yet so hilarious. Those are some massive slugs though! I've never seen them that big!
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Post  boffer on 8/26/2011, 11:19 am

They're average size for around here.

One benefit of TableTops is slug control. I've had one in five years, which disappoints my chickens!
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Post  Chopper on 8/27/2011, 2:29 am

Apparently the snails prefer beans with salt as they left only one and the others were all gone. Drat. However, next box I am definitely trying the rough velcro around the top trick and see how that works.

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Post  huntress58 on 8/27/2011, 9:05 am

I have been told that beer helps. Put out a bit in a lid or saucer and they crawl in suck it up and can't get out. Thankfully haven't had the occasion to try it. Hope that works for you.

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Post  middlemamma on 8/27/2011, 1:52 pm

I lost a lot to slugs this year, several cabbages and all my lettuce. I have to figure out something for next year....beer did not work, Sluggo helped slightly but that stuff is expensive to have to add once a week...oye vay!

I don't really know what I will do next spring but I have to think of something....chickens would be the smartest thing...maybe....I have to figure out a few things before I make the chicken commitment.
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Post  boffer on 8/27/2011, 2:31 pm

Childrens' Dictionary:

Snails...a booger wearing a helmet
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Post  Dunkinjean on 8/27/2011, 7:43 pm

Boffer:

You are hilarious!! lol!
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