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12/1/13 11:44 A

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It's been a while since anyone has commented on the cucumber test. Did anyone try it and did it work? This year here the slugs were not so bad here as we had such a cold snap in the spring so I'm not sure how effective it wasa. All my despair has been caused by cabbage whites. Not a single brassica got to an edible stage. One day I had a row of lovely purple sprouting and I went up to pick the next day and all that was left were shreds and horrid bit of dark poo… Huge green cabbages, when brought to the kitchen to prepare, ended up looking like brussel sprouts by the time all the caterpillars had been removed with their dirty plates. Ugh!

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ANTHEAMS's Photo ANTHEAMS Posts: 580
4/15/12 12:57 P

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UR2Loveit, you say the cucumber/aluminium tray method gets rid of all garden pests but do you know if also gets rid of the good things like ladybirds and hover-flies? Perhaps it only works on slimy things like slugs and snails - I hope so. Anyway I shall try as a whole lot of my spinach seedlings have just been nibbled off so I am fuming!

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4/15/12 8:18 A

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Last season, I tried placing containers w/ beer throughout my garden, in hopes that I would miraculously have a bunch of the drunk-drowned slimeballs in them the next day, and I didn't find one slug trapped in them....so the cucumber-pie tin theory is worth a shot. If I catch wind of something else that works, I'll post it here. Thanks!

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4/9/12 2:22 P

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It's slug time of year again. My chinese cabbage is barely an inch out of the ground and I've already picked a couple of really small slugs off of them where they were already feeding on the first leaves! I've had good luck with beer traps in the past but they are really messy, so I'm glad to find a new technique to try to drive them away!

Anybody have any other ideas to drive slugs away or organically kill them? I'm not big on poisons as my dog goes in the yard and I have wild birds around most of the year.

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ANTHEAMS's Photo ANTHEAMS Posts: 580
2/28/11 6:02 A

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It's a bit of a fraud really as I only look for them when I am clearing up the leaves anyway. So I zap them if I see them - the eggs that is - and I am afraid my preferred method of killing slugs now - that is the ones who are not tempted into my slug pubs - is to cut them in half with a pair of secateurs. It is quick and thorough. I hate to think of them drying out in salt water or their insides liquifying by the use of poison. The birds come and eat the half slugs so the food chain is preserved. Logically I suppose drowning in drink is not kind but I like to think it is a pretty painless death - if slugs feel pain that is.

But I am going to try the cucumber this year too.

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UR2LOVEIT Posts: 1,387
2/26/11 12:58 P

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Antheams - you are Very patient to go after the eggs ... when you have time my garden is waiting for you :)

Gardening is a kind of disease. It infects you, you cannot escape it. When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.
~ Lewis Gannit


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ANTHEAMS's Photo ANTHEAMS Posts: 580
2/19/11 5:36 P

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hard to describe - they are less than one eighth of an inch whitish and slightly transparent. If you google slug eggs you will see a load of videos on you tube and here you can see exactly what they look like. They are usually under leaves or stones where you would expect to find slugs.

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2/19/11 3:55 A

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What do their eggs look like? (or do you just destroy any eggs that get laid on your plants?)

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ANTHEAMS's Photo ANTHEAMS Posts: 580
2/18/11 6:41 P

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Really keen to hear how this works. Slugs and snails are a real pest in my garden and currently I am hunting for eggs under leaves in the flowerbeds.


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2/14/11 9:29 P

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For slugs, I am all about eggshells and diatomous earth. Love to hear how the cucumber plan works, though.

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2/14/11 12:53 P

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Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area ~ so I am trying it this year!

Gardening is a kind of disease. It infects you, you cannot escape it. When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.
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