Ammunition for the war on slugs

September 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm 1 comment

Do you do this, too? I am constantly saving eggshells, crushing them into sharp bits, and sprinkling them over the soil in my garden. I’ve done it for years now. Despite this, you can see that the slugs and snails are still having their way with my poor plants, and it is not even rainy season yet. I don’t know how many eggshells it is going to take.

I know there are other things I could try – chemicals, sharp sand that scratches soft slug bellies, saucers of beer that might tempt the little buggers to drown themselves. I’m attached to the idea of eggshells, though – they’re free and it’s so satisfying to have something useful to do with them, and I love that they are harmless to my little ecosystem.

A little too harmless it seems. “Munch, munch, munch…yum!” say the slugs as they wind their way past the scattered bits of eggshell and enjoy the feast of plants I’ve served up.

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  • 1. melbournegardener  |  September 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Snail’s are allergic to caffeine. So you could try getting left over ground coffee and adding it around the plants. This is also a great source of nitrogen for your plants. Alternatively mix espresso with water (about 1:10) and spray over and around your plants. Combining this with your eggshell practice would almost prevent snails and slugs getting at your plants.

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