Book Review: The Little Book of Slugs
- Subject: [cg] Book Review: The Little Book of Slugs
- From: Alliums email@example.com
- Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2004 15:56:40 -0500
Here's a new book review for the new year. I retain copyright, so
let me know if you want to publish it anywhere.
Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden
A mission of
St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street, Phoenixville,
The Little Book of Slugs Edited by Allan Shepherd and
Suzanne Galant, CAT Publications: The Centre for Alternative Technology
Charity, Ltd., 2002. ISBN: 1-90217-513-1 $7.95
An irresistible book on an icky subject, The Little Book of Slugs
(3.94” x 5.18”, 120 pages) is just too cute not to buy by the handful to
place in the gift bag of every gardener you know. With its flat
black cover featuring the word “Slugs” in graytone and the eerie
iridescent mucus trails topped by black slugs slithering down from the
lower left corner, it was the only book this Christmas that everyone,
gardener or not, picked up, then proceeded to read.
Moist, damp Great Britain appears to breed both slugs and gardeners in
fanatical proportions. After studies showed that 85% of British
gardeners used chemical slug pellets to kill slugs (which also kill pets
and wildlife), but most would happily switch to other methods if they
knew what would work, the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales
launched its “Bug-the-Slug” campaign to find out what organic solutions
really work. The book provides 75 different organic solutions
distilled from 300 professional and hobby gardeners, organized with
British efficiency by method and utility, then topped off with serious
Shakespearian quotations and rueful expressions of outrage and
desperation from live British gardeners.
Like any good organic manual, The Little Book of Slugs also
contains useful details about slugs’ preferred habitat, feeding patterns,
species, mating details (which are so gross that I won’t include the
source URL which includes pictures – if such scenes aren’t what the
Internet anti-porn laws were meant to protect children from, they should
be!) and how to get slug slime off your hands.
The only caveat is that the Centre for Alternative Technology’s URLs are
more unstable than the book implies. If you want to learn more
about the “Bug-the-Slug” campaign and slugs in general, go to
click on the “I hate slugs” button on the right hand side, rather than
entering directly from the URL listed in the book.
Otherwise, buy the book and leave it out where visitors can find it,
preferably on top of a two very heavy books that aren’t read often.
The flip-book feature, which shows a lovely group of greens that are soon
overrun by six slugs who devour the entire bed, then slink off the page
to find something else to eat, is too much fun for any visitor, so you’ll
want to have the never-read books on hand to straighten out the pages
after your company leaves. Who ever thought that organic pest
control could be so enjoyable?
Reviewed by Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John’s United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden