Quirky Garden Hacks!! – 4
Season 3 – Autumn/Winter 2019/20
|Quirky Garden Hacks!! – 3|
10 – Slug Off Slimy Sluckers!
Try saying that fast three times in a trot, Slug Off Slimy Sluckers! Slug Off Slimy Sluckers! Slug Off Slimy Sluckers! I assure you, it’s harder than it looks in text, a bit like Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry fame. Well you know, l am not that keen on walking around late at night cutting slugs up into little pieces, nor am l in favour of drowning them in beer let alone any other nasty little devilish deeds of awfulness! I am more for an easier approach, but l am MORE for no kill, but prevent access! So preventative is more my style.
I saw recently an idea of using rose bush stems, dog rose stems, blackberry bush branch stems as a protective barrier against the slimy sluckers and of course it makes for perfect sense – being soft bodied invaders the last thing they want is an unwanted prick in their under carriage! [I know, who wants that anyway – slug or not!]
I have tried egg shells personally, and l have tough slugs here, that are undeterred by those, l have tried hard sand or sharp sand, and they still manage to get over that especially after rains – in fact l have tried all sorts of spiky things over the years, but l have never tried dried prickly stems – the beauty of these things is that when they are dried they are actually more lethal! So it might be something to consider for this season around the more precious crops. If you do consider it as an option, try cutting the stems into 10-12″ lengths and placing them around the edges of your beds or containers.
Of course remember the first rule and that is to try not to encourage them in to the gardens full stop. But there are always other ways to disencourage them as well as protect your vegetables.
11 – Carding Up!
Some of you may recall last year as l closed the season down for 2019, that when l closed my beds and containers l protected some of them, especially the beds with cardboard – this was done to prevent weed growth. Today l dug the raised beds and the containers and added new compost and relaid the cardboard in the beds. I managed the two boxes today and all the containers. I have a lot of the larger containers to cut cardboard for over the weekend, but it’s worth doing, as it means that the soils are rested and weed growth is kept to the minimum.
The beds and the containers will not be planted into until around April time, so covering them up with a cheaper and easily accessible alternative to weed matting is the way to go. Weeds start appearing very quickly indeed in the early days of spring and sometimes even known to appear in the later winter months.
[Below] The beds after the cardboard was lifted and as you can see there is NO weed growth. I covered these beds in late August. So carding up, really does help prevent weed growth.
12 – Don’t Be Cross, Cinnamon Toss!
Something l started in 2017, but never continued in 2018/2019 due to my shoulder injury and not gardening during those times, was the tossing or rather the sprinkling of cinnamon powder into the soil of seedlings as a form of protection against fungal diseases but also l do know that you can make cinnamon tea to use on your seedlings. The tea is easy enough to make, 1 – 3 cin sticks soaked in hot water, allow to cool down and spray or shower the seedlings with the liquid.
It will reduce and kill off fungal gnats or rather it will kill off the fungus that the gnats feed on.
Anyway, there we go, another three garden hacks for your quirky pleasure!
l’ll take my leave of you now
Thanks for reading everyone, till the next time …