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Slugs & Snails

A snail: Photo by Laura Reed: https://www.pexels.com/photo/selective-focus-photography-of-snail-1045851/

Slugs and snails…

Slugs: Slugs are like slimy snails without shells on their backs. They have soft bodies and can move around quickly. Slugs love to stay close to the ground, hiding in cool and wet places like under leaves or in the dirt. They are most active during the night and munch on plant leaves, which can be a bit annoying for gardeners.

Snails: Snails are like slugs, but they have a cool spiral-shaped house on their backs called a shell. They carry this shell wherever they go, and it acts as their cozy home and protection. Because of their shells, snails like to climb on things like trees, walls, and bushes. They are more active during the day and also enjoy eating plant leaves like their slug friends.

How They Move: Since snails have shells, they move a bit slower than slugs. Snails can tuck themselves into their shells when they feel scared or need a rest. Slugs, without shells, can move faster and more freely.

Where to Find Them: You might spot snails climbing on walls or trees, while slugs like to stay hidden in the dirt or under leaves.

What They Do in the Garden: Both slugs and snails like to munch on plant leaves, which can be a bit bothersome for gardeners. They can cause some damage to the plants we love.

How to Deal with Them: To protect our plants, we can use things like handpicking (picking them off), making special traps with stuff they like (like beer), or using materials that they don’t like (like coffee grounds) to keep them away.

Remember: Even though they can be a bit pesky in the garden, slugs and snails are still cool creatures with their special features. Understanding how they’re different helps us take care of our plants and enjoy nature too! 🌱🐌🐚

A slug: Photo by Pixabay: https://www.pexels.com/photo/slug-158158/

How to handle them in the garden:

What are Slugs? Slugs are soft-bodied creatures that belong to the mollusk family. They are like snails but without the shell. These slimy little fellows love the cool and damp environment of gardens, making them common visitors in our plant beds.

The Problem of Slugs in the Garden: While slugs might seem harmless, they can be a nuisance in the garden. They have a big appetite for our precious plants and can munch on leaves, stems, and fruits, causing damage to our beloved greens and flowers. Their presence can lead to unsightly holes and even stunted growth in our garden plants.

Organic Methods to Reduce Slug Problems: The good news is that there are organic methods to handle slug problems without using harmful chemicals. Here are some helpful techniques:

1. Handpicking: Though it might sound a little icky, handpicking is an effective method. Head out to the garden in the early morning or evening when slugs are most active, and gently pick them off the plants. You can use gloves to keep your hands clean.

2. Beer Traps: Slugs are attracted to the smell of beer. Sink a shallow container into the soil and fill it with beer. Slugs will be drawn to the container, fall in, and drown. It’s like a little party they can’t resist!

3. Copper Barriers: Slugs don’t like crawling over copper surfaces. By placing copper tape or strips around the edges of your garden beds or containers, you create a slug-resistant barrier that can keep them away.

4. Diatomaceous Earth: Diatomaceous earth is a natural powder made from tiny fossilized algae. When sprinkled around plants, it acts like tiny glass shards that harm the slugs’ soft bodies, deterring them from coming close.

5. Eggshell or Coffee Ground Mulch: By spreading crushed eggshells or coffee grounds around your plants, you create a scratchy surface that slugs don’t enjoy sliding across.

6. Companion Planting: Some plants, like mint, rosemary, and fennel, have natural properties that slugs dislike. By interplanting these slug-repelling herbs alongside your vulnerable crops, you can keep the slugs at bay.

Remember: Be patient and consistent with your slug control methods. It might take some time to see results, but with organic practices, you’ll create a healthy and happy garden without harming the environment or other beneficial creatures.

So, keep your garden slug-free using these organic approaches, and you’ll have a thriving and beautiful space to enjoy your plants and flowers to the fullest! 🌱🐌

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