- May 26, 2016
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Is it a good idea to put salt around your veggies to keep slugs away? Won't it have a negative effect on the veggies?
I don't think salt will have a bad effect on the plants especially with vegetables because it is a natural element unlike insecticides.
I don't want them to get to the bait!! It's bait, not a free dinner!! I've fed them enough, and I'm tired of it! I want them to fall into the trough of salt.How can the snails get to the bait if there is salt blocking it?
Wait... you mean the slugs?Don't just put them in a different location. They know their way back.
KILL...KILL...KILL !!! Nasty little things.I've decided to use this fact to kill the little buggers!!
Hmm... you might have a point. I wonder if they can smell salt, and will avoid my trap. Tonight when I get home from work, I'll experiment with a ring of salt around the cat food bowl. If they advance on the bowl regardless of the salt, the trap will work. If they avoid the ring altogether, it won't work.I'm not sure if the slugs will pass the salt though.
I think that's were I got it from. I was always under the impression that if you put too much salt onto the ground it would destroy the plants. By the look of things it's not true.I do not want salt in my garden. (Wasn't that something conquering armies used to do? Raze the buildings and salt the earth?) If @headfullofbees has found it helps certain plants, I won't argue; I've never tried it so I can't dispute it!
But I have lit upon a plan, (insert evil laugh, Mwahahaha... ...) and I'm going to try it next year in my garden.
I have learned that slugs LOVE dry cat food. At least, they love 9 Lives Daily Essentials. Indeed, they crawl through my flower bed and up and across the concrete porch to eat my cats' cat food. They do not touch the plants as long as there is cat food!! They will eat all the cat food. I've seen up to 8 at a time making their way to the bowl!!
I've decided to use this fact to kill the little buggers!!
I'm going to get (or make) something like this, and fill the little bowl with cat food, and the outer rim with salt. That way I have bait I know they love, and a means to kill them without having to salt the earth. I'm not very worried about attracting cats into the garden, they are well fed on my porch , so I think they'll leave it alone.
We do have skunks and possums that eat the cat food from the porch, so I am also considering putting the food in a small sieve and then screwing it upside-down to a metal serving tray, to keep them from getting in it. I haven't decided yet.
Anyway, it's an idea.
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