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Re: Hum.......

In a message dated 06/21/2003 10:55:50 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
justme@prairieinet.net writes:

> So what is everyone doing this weekend.... figuring since it is so
> quiet, everyone must be having great weather and busy in the garden....
> or something...

Weather is not great, but good for transplanting and garden work. Went out in 
the drizzle this morning for a couple of hours - still catching up on all 
that didn't get done earlier - but it began to thunder and pour so I came in and 
cleaned myself up.  Wouldn't you know about ten minutes after I got out  of 
the shower, the sun came out. It hasn't stayed out, and more rain is predicted, 
but it was good to glimpse it even briefly.

Slugs are killing me this year.  Lots of seedlings come up and are eaten off 
before they get past the two-leaf stage.  Ones I started indoors and set 
outside to harden off were eaten overnight.  I've never seen such a plague of slugs 
in all my many years of gardening.  I won't put out slug bait because of all 
the birds and animals around here.  I usually go around early in the morning 
with a salt shaker and get all those on the paving stones and driveway - 
usually this keeps things pretty well under control, but not this year.  I have been 
told by a local gardener that coffee grounds used as a mulch will control 
slugs.  Does anyone have information on this?  How do I use them?  We don't drink 
coffee, so would just the ground coffee right out of the can be sufficient, 
of must it be brewed?  Can you just pour coffee around plants?  I'll try just 
about anything that is safe for other wildlife.  I know, I know, beer in a 
dish, but in a garden the size of mine I would have to buy a brewery.  

I hope everyone else is having a good start to the summer season.

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