Great Gardening: Slug Bread

Lane County Extension Service Master Gardener John Fischer below with KLCC’s Very good Gardening.

For lots of garden pests, I desire to wait around right until I see the difficulties maker ahead of trying to reduce their problems. Not substantially place in placing out the organic cabbage worm command BT right before you see the white butterflies that lay eggs on your broccoli crops.

But other critters need yr spherical regulate simply because they are now calendar year spherical pests. Slugs and snails can make holes in your big lettuce vegetation, but during the early time, they will choose the entire seedling in advance of it can experienced and get to the desk – so starting slug manage in advance of placing out seeds can seriously enable with plant survival.

That is partly since a long time of gardening in the exact location delivers a predictable foods supply, and partly mainly because they continue to be alive and lively all winter season now in its place of just through the summer time months.

The good thing is, an outdated natural and organic slug control technique has been revised, and it is a lot more efficient than even poisonous, animal perilous, chemical items made up of metaldehyde. Fresh new yeast, flour, and water mixed collectively will bring in slugs in the same way that beer applied to – before most beer experienced the yeast filtered out of it.

Scientists at Oregon Condition University have identified that the yeasty dough concoctions outperform chemical attractants, and past for a longer time far too. Just blend a cup of flour, a cup of h2o and a teaspoon of energetic dry yeast alongside one another, enable it get bubbly for a few hrs within, and place it in slug traps. I make confident the mixture is soupy enough to drown the invasive imports.

You can make a thicker doughy mixture and choose off the slugs as they feast if you choose. If you are a residence brewer, or have a pal who is, the leftover yeast at the base of the fermentation vessel can be utilized in traps as well.

In this article are backlinks to the OSU investigation posting, and options for a plastic bottle do-it-yourself slug trap.

Now just one of my preferred meals – bread – can safeguard one of my other favorites – salad.

I am John Fischer with KLCC’s Good Gardening.

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