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Re: [IGSROBIN] snails

I was just told the most wonderful thing!

Calling around all the suppliers in the phone book looking for something
to discourage
slugs on my hostas, and the woman asked if I had a sweet-gum ball tree?   I
was stunned into silence,  'WHHHAAAAAAATTTT! Those gawd-alful minature
underwater mines?  Those hard shelled prickly tings that can ruin a foot in
sandles; sprain an ankle, roll you off your very own feet?

Yes, she said - if you pile the gumballs all around a hosta, they work just
like glass and
egg-shells - they cut the slug to pieces and they won't crawl over them to
get to your

Have raked up 4 huge garbage bags of sweet-gum balls - I know a BUNCH of
hostas that will have a most unusual mulch this year!

>X-Sender: dutchman@mail.fgi.net
>X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.6 (32)
>Date: Sat, 27 Mar 1999 19:16:15 -0600
>To: dutchess@fgi.net
>From: "Robert \"The Dutchman\" hiltibidal" <dutchman@fgi.net>
>Subject: Re: snails
>>Date:         Sat, 27 Mar 1999 21:40:26 +0100
>>From: Ingrid <alfmike@ALGONET.SE>
>>Subject:      Re: snails
>>Slugs slugs slugs. Last year we lived in slug heaven..and some one told me
>>that muclhing vegetables would be great  :-) guess which molluscs thought
>>it was a great idea?
>>So ...I use my best boot technique and someone talked me into use a pair of
>>scissors.......and CUT them in half. But that was so awful...and messy and
>>I am not doing it again!!! Never ever!
>>So..I have purchased a bag of slug repellant..goooood, toxic and chemical.
>>Why you may ask..normally I like to grow everything as organically as
>>possible..but when the oranges on my ornamental citrus trees are eaten, my
>>lily buls consumed,
>>my squash...so, I shll give ammonia water a try here. What concentration is
>>Thank you!
>>Ingrid in Sween where Spring has sprung, temps are above zero once again an
>>it is soooon slug time!!!

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