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Re: Hum.......+ slug stuff

> another bed in my woodland garden; planted them outside the pale
Marge - 
Do you mean outside your fenced area?  Is that prudent?

> [Original Message]
> From: Marge Talt <>
> To: <>
> Date: 6/22/2003 3:45:57 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Hum.......+ slug stuff
> Well, I'm recovering from a pretty tough week - out of town meetings;
> went out today and moved some more ferns in preparation for making
> another bed in my woodland garden; planted them outside the pale and
> weeded the drive for the umpteenth time, picking up a huge load
> (again) of twigs and leaves that have rained down from the trees in
> the storms we've had.
> Auralie, slugs are having a ball this spring with all the damp.  I
> have read several discussions about coffee and it appears that it's a
> myth.  The original experiment used a concentrated form which would
> be virtually impossible for the home gardener to replicate and, as I
> recall, it was only effective at a certain growth stage.  From this
> came the word that coffee killed slugs and that has been spread
> around the net....'fraid it ain't so.
> I got my hands on some Sluggo and it seems to do the trick tho' I've
> had to re-apply a lot because we've had so much rain.  Understand
> that there are at least 3 other brand names with the same ingredients
> (iron phosphate; benign to all but slugs and snails; degrades into a
> plant food substance) - Escar-Go Slug & Snail Control, Walmart's Slug
> and Snail Bait by Garden Safe and another I think was called
> something like WorryFree (but won't swear to that as I can't seem to
> locate the post that mentioned it).   I don't find Sluggo all that
> inexpensive, but maybe the one Walmart sells would be more reasonable
> for a large area.  I just put it around Tricyrtis and a few other
> plants that seem to be slug magnets this year.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> > In a message dated 06/21/2003 10:55:50 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
> > 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...
> > 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.
> > Auralie
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