April Gardening?

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Heather Nicholas

It's the beginning of April. I've made and prepared new beds to almost double my growing space, but there are still many tasks ahead. Pruning, planting, starting seedlings (might be a bit late there)... how does your garden grow?

Monday 04 April 2011 03:32:00 pm

Julie Raddysh

I have heard the season is up to three weeks late...that will give us time to catch up!

Wednesday 06 April 2011 10:28:30 am

EJ Hurst

I planted peas in February. They came up - rather sickly looking and the ones I planted 10 days ago are bigger. Sometimes it pays to wait for the warmth I think.

Wednesday 13 April 2011 09:08:40 am

Julie Raddysh

Anyone having troubles with slugs? Linda suggests a trap with beer and has found that sharp objects (ie egg shells) in the soil are not much help. I would love to know a good way to fight back!

Wednesday 13 April 2011 12:14:57 pm

Sheila A

Always slug issues, but we just go out in the evening with a trowel and chop the ones we see right into the ground. Instant fertilizer, if a bit icky. sad

Monday 15 August 2011 08:57:31 am

Tara Qua

Killing slugs on the spot is the answer unless you have chickens/ducks. Collecting them into a bucket for your feathered friends is a welcome treat. I have to say that the big forest slugs are not on the menu for my birds as they turn up their beaks in disgust.

Monday 15 August 2011 10:19:31 am

EJ Hurst

I have some white call ducks which are primarily ornamental but they do a great job on wood bugs too. I love to watch them burrowing their beaks into the grass around my raised boxes devouring wood bugs.

Monday 15 August 2011 01:34:29 pm

Jean Wyenberg

Well I have chickens and they sadly do not eat slugs. I have a slug farm. This year I also seem to be earwig central...they are everywhere....my chickens probably won't eat them either.

Tuesday 16 August 2011 03:31:52 pm

Linda Gilkeson

Hi everyone,
Though this thread started as an April gardening topic I see we have arrived inevitably at slugs. Now that there are safer slug baits on the market than the deadly metaldehyde, I find them a great help when other slug control isn't doing the job. The baits contain iron phosphate (=ferric phosphate) or in a pasta pellet that attracts the slugs to eat it. When molluscs eat iron it impairs their ability to make slime so they die. The active ingredient is acceptable for organic growers and some products (not all, so check the OMRI materials list) have been accepted for certified organic production. If you are a home gardener and just want a safer bait, there is Scott's Ecosense Slug-B-Gone, Safer's Snail and Slug Bait (Sluggo Snail Bait and Ortho products for our US gardeners). As in any approach that involves a pesticide, only use it where it is needed, use sparingly and keep the product package itself out of reach of kids, pets, livestock. Because the bait is an attractant, don't pile it up around the plants you are trying to protect (the slugs don't die immediately so the bait lures them to your plants). Instead, scatter a tablespoon of bait over a wide area where you want to protect plants.
Happy slugging...

Thursday 18 August 2011 04:54:01 pm