Wednesday, June 29, 2011

How To Keep Slugs Away From Your Potted Plants

I have two nice urns next to the front porch that I have planted with seasonal annuals. 

The light green sweet potato vine is doing great, but the coleus and geranium have been . . . well. . .

I decided to do something about it.  I discovered that some of the plants had been eaten down to a nub.  Some were gone altogether.  What was needed was a slug deterrent that was organic and cheap. 

Enter - crushed egg shells.

The snails won't cross over the crushed egg shells because they will cut their skin?  exoskeletons?  exterior epidermis?  Whatever the outside of a snail is called.

I'm hoping the greenery will soon grow enough to cover up the soil and egg shells.  Until then, when people ask, I'll just tell them I like to sprinkle confetti around my plants.  Kinda patriotic, don't you think?

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  1. Hey, anything's worth a try. Nasty critters those slugs are!

  2. I have never heard of egg shells but it is worth a try. The more it rains it seems the worse the slug problem gets. Thanks for sharing. Kathy

  3. pesky slugs! egg shells work for me!


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