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Re: Chemicals and worms

Toads do help, Bob.  Two years in a row we had a really big fat toad
who would jump up the wheelchair ramp EVERY night and sit there and
eat ants and any other kind of bug that came his way.  I really do
believe they help to keep pests down, including slugs.  This year was
my first year to purchase lady bugs.  I let them go in two sections a
week apart.  That was weeks ago and I am still finding an occasional
lady bug on the flowering plants we have.  I have enjoyed finding
them.  My aphids (esp. on the roses) are gone! I MUCH prefer the
organic way of gardening.
Mary B in Ohio

-----Original Message-----
From: Bob <bobaxe@sbtek.net>
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
Date: Thursday, June 29, 2000 12:50 AM
Subject: Re: Chemicals and worms

>BBROWNJ@aol.com wrote:
> If I use anything , it is the squeeze bottle of deadline. I
>> have very little slug damage now.
>Hi Barbara and all
> I have been catching toads and bringing them home and trying to keep
>them around to eat slugs. It might be my imagination but I haven't
>many slugs at all the last two years with no slug bait until we had
>mild winter and all this rain. I prefer this to throwing the bait all
>around all the time. I would like to hear what others think about
>is it my imagination or do toads actually help.
>                Bob Axmear 208 2nd St Ne  Waukon,Ia 52172-1308
>                http://www.hostasonline.com/  Hostasonline.com
>                http://www.gardensights.com  GARDENSIGHTS.COM
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