Has your garden ever been so infested with slugs that when you went out early in the morning not one inch of ground didn’t have one? That’s my garden nightmare….We had an incredibly wet spring last year and again this year. The slugs invaded, ranging in size from pin point to six or eight inches, and I’ve been waging war. I’m pretty much an organic gardener, so rarely resort to pesticides, but that doesn’t matter, as slugs seem resistent to most of those anyway. I’ve done everything else recommended for slugs–the egg shells, the beer, the asphalt shingles, the hot pepper, diatomaceous earth, and yes, I’ve even resorted to sprinkling salt on them every morning. I’ve reduced the population…or at least I don’t see as many as I had before. Thank goodness, this year I had enough sense to put in plants that are more slug resistent or I’d have no gardens at all. I hate the thought of digging and disgarding all my lovely hostas, and since the slugs have nibbled at my other plants–with the hostas gone, will they eat these others instead? They also shredded my Iris and Lily foliage. Below are some photos. I used thumbnails for faster loading–Click them for larger images.
Large green hosta with slug holes. Below this is one of the same variety and a varigated one that they almost ate to the ground and below that are photos of my gardens they haven’t bothered much.
Slugs don’t like like my wild daisies. 🙂
They nibble at my impatiens and begonias, but they’re doing okay so far.
A part of another garden the slugs haven’t bothered much.
Another part of the same garden. The hosta on the right of the blue festuca was damaged pretty badly by slugs, but they didn’t touch the coral bells on the left. See the strawberries in the back left. They eat the sides off the berries when about half ripe.
Although slugs eat some leaves off my larger sedums, they don’t touch this creeping variety, nor do they like geraniums.