What's looking good in April 2017


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Green, green, and more green.
Agastache grown from seed newly transplanted, 4 in a row.
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More Agastache grown from seed newly transplanted 4 in a row plus one wayward one. Aluminum foil to protect from slugs
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Jasmine nitidum. Have you ever seen such leaves? Well yes, you probably have. This is all new growth since a transplant 26 March and lots of buds ready to burst into bloom.
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that's the first time I've seen foil used to keep slugs at bay, does it work 100%?
For larger areas, i use copper tubing, but i think the aluminum foil is more reliable. One year i had a terrible time with slugs and did not have a good organic option. I had planted a small grouping of dahlias, had read somewhere about aluminum foil, and since the slugs had eaten just about every thing else, i tried it on the dahlia seedlings and not one seedling was touched. So the dahlias survived and grew well. It was the first time i had planted dahlias and i decided that i don't really like dahlias, so in the end, i pulled them up:rolleyes: I have used it occasionally since that experience around seedlings that i don't want to take a chance on and so far, for me, it has worked 100%.
 

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Look how pretty this is! Smells good, too.:love: It's growing in a thick patch where my front walk meets the sidewalk. (No, they are not weeds!) :LOL:

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While I was looking at the flower bed, two of the cats were looking good. :)

This is Dunder. (Because he is a Dunderhead.)


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This one's name is... :oops: probably better censored in the forum. :censored:

:poop: Kitty... Just make it rhyme. :whistle:


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For larger areas, i use copper tubing, but i think the aluminum foil is more reliable. One year i had a terrible time with slugs and did not have a good organic option. I had planted a small grouping of dahlias, had read somewhere about aluminum foil, and since the slugs had eaten just about every thing else, i tried it on the dahlia seedlings and not one seedling was touched. So the dahlias survived and grew well. It was the first time i had planted dahlias and i decided that i don't really like dahlias, so in the end, i pulled them up:rolleyes: I have used it occasionally since that experience around seedlings that i don't want to take a chance on and so far, for me, it has worked 100%.


Great Slug beater Beverly(y) I have used Copper strip's round pots Which works well but costs a lot more than Tin foil >....So can't wait to try this out on my potted Hostas :) I was about to buy loads of copper:whistle:
 
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@Daren ... i think the slugs do not want to cross the barrier because they don't want to crawl up and over. They seem to run into the barrier and take a detour around. This is what i think anyway because of the slime trail. So i am not sure how well a strip of foil would work. I have always doubled the foil up and crunched it a bit to create some altitude and a crinkled surface.
 
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@Daren ... i think the slugs do not want to cross the barrier because they don't want to crawl up and over. They seem to run into the barrier and take a detour around. This is what i think anyway because of the slime trail. So i am not sure how well a strip of foil would work. I have always doubled the foil up and crunched it a bit to create some altitude and a crinkled surface.

Still I'm going to have to test this out asp ;) There are two reasons given for copper working as a slug repellent; toxicity and electric shock... my guess would be Tin is still a good for the electric shock treatment :barefoot: And I recone I can shock more with tin, as the foil comes in pounds Cheaper at the supermarket than copper from the garden center:).......Its as cheap as Chips:LOL:
 
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Beverly it's the first I've heard about using foil to deter slugs!!!! Going to give it a go, thanks :).
 
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Cheaper at the supermarket than copper from the garden center:)......
Wow, you buy copper from a garden center? That does sound expensive. I purchase one meter long copper pieces (for water, for gas is more expensive) (diam 1/2 inch (1.27cm) at a reasonable price in the plumbing section of the hardware store, and connectors and elbows for pennies (well pesos). Initially i purchased a small hand tool for easily cutting the pipe, Now i can make any shape/size (except circles :) that i need and change the configurations as the garden changes. I use the same copper over and over again. I find a lot of useful things for the garden in the hardware store plumbing section.

I wondered what slugs had against copper. Is there something in the physiology that creates shock? I have seen slug slime on a copper tube, but i have also seen a dead slug a short distance away. Would copper have the same effect on caterpillars do you think:eek:?
 
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@Daren ... i think the slugs do not want to cross the barrier because they don't want to crawl up and over. They seem to run into the barrier and take a detour around. This is what i think anyway because of the slime trail. So i am not sure how well a strip of foil would work. I have always doubled the foil up and crunched it a bit to create some altitude and a crinkled surface.


I think it is either something about the tin foil, or it is the crinkled surface. :confused:


Last summer, I learned that slugs love dry cat food. They pass all the plants in the flower bed, crawl up the porch - and then across it, ( at least 5 feet,) - in order to scale the food bowl, and gorge themselves on cat food.:mad:

With a lot of cats, I use a fairly big bowl, and from what I can tell, Beverly, your rings aren't much higher than the bowl. If it works 100% of the time, it must be something about the tin or the crinkles that repels them. (I think I will wrap the cats' food bowl in crinkled tin foil. (y) )


Oh!! :mad: And slugs can tell time, believe it or not. :cautious: The cats get their last meal when I get home from work, about 10 pm. If I was an hour late taking the cats their dinner, there would be anywhere from 5-10 slugs waiting around the bowl when I opened the door!!



:eek: I will not live on their schedule!!
 
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I'm not sure now @MaryMary a strip might work if the lethal factors are shock and toxicity

@Dinu definitely looking good for April. Flowers and photos of flowers are smashing(y)
 
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@Daren @Sheal @Upsy Daisy @MaryMary I asked @Ian to revive a thread from 2016 "Best Way to Keep Slugs Out of the Garden". There were complexities involved in moving the conversations here to there, but i would love to hear how your experiments work out so we can continue the Slug conversation that has been started here at

https://www.gardening-forums.com/threads/best-way-to-keep-slugs-out-of-garden.7082/

in the Pests and Diseases forum. I asked for this thread because i remember it as being 2 pages full of good ideas already
 

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@MaryMary what tree is that? It looks like something fragrant?
Beverly, I have no idea what it is. :oops: I liked the way the dark branches looked with the light behind them, so I took a picture. I think it's an apple tree of some sort, but I'm not sure enough to tell you with any degree of certainty. I didn't notice a strong fragrance, though.


I found it when I went to see what the creek looked like, I figured the trees would be greening by now. They are, just not enough to really show in the photo. I love it in the spring when the trees have just enough leaves to have a hazy green look. :love: Next week I'll try again.



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@MaryMary, Ah, there is your wonderful creek again, looking good. I was thinking some kind of fruit tree and apple did come to mind but it looks so big and too full of limbs...maybe a crab apple?
 

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