[Gpdd] Misc-GP garden - snails

Kirsten McKnight kirsten.mcknight at gmail.com
Wed Apr 26 10:37:24 EDT 2006

Apparently slugs and snails don't like copper either. If you put copper
wire/netting down around the garden that will repel those sorts of little
pests! Not sure where else you can get it but http://www.leevalley.com/ and
look under Pest Control on the second page "Copper Blocker".

Happy gardening!

PS does anyone have the link to Leah's easter pictures? I would love to see

(and Winkle, Widget, Licorice, Smoke and Squeeks)

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Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 10:47:54 -0700 (PDT)
From: joan fagalde <momcat1000 at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Gpdd] Misc-GP garden
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It's hard to grown a completely organic garden.  I know as I grow one for my
Lady Bug.  You cannot use ANY kind of pesticide.  If the active ingredients
don't get our friends the in-active will.  According to a horticulturist in
our area, the in-organics can be worse than the active ingredients.  Some
suggestions that I've found that work for me.  First of all, plant lots
knowing you'll lose some plants.  Most of the problems seem to occur in the
early Spring and become a little less later. If your plot is small enough to
completely cover with heavy plastic do that and spray around the area with a
mild spray or even make your own with soap, water and chewing tobacco.  Just
make sure none of it touches any area your babies will be into.  I've seen
an organic capcasian (hot pepper) spray that crickets etc. won't go near but
, again, you have to be careful it's no where on anything eaten by your
piggies.  Two other things that work for snails, slugs and cats are 1.
 peels and 2. used coffee grounds.  Cats hate the smell of coffee and citrus
and won't use your nice, freshly dug area as a bathroom.  Coffee grounds are
actually good for your plants.  If you put the citrus away from your plants,
it will draw the snails and slugs and help keep them off your plants as they
love citrus.  They also like beer if you put it in a small container,
they'll try and drink and drown.  (Of course, then you deal with the
remains!)  Hope this helps.  It's just a matter of patience and waiting for
life cycles to end.
 Joan, slave to the Lady Bug.

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