I got an early start on my garden this year but quickly have been a bit demoralized. I planted radishes, beets, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, spinach, kale, peas, and broccoli in April and while I got lots of babies, I really only have a few pea plants, a bunch of holey radishes and an odd spinach and kale leaf here and there to show for my efforts. The culprit is more than just slugs and I haven’t quite sorted out who it is (I think since I have banished the woodchuck it must be a bunny) but the holey radish is of the insect variety. And I noticed slugs on my Peonies. Yuck! I am taking action before they get my babies that have been planting since.
I am testing out one of many organic options for slug control – and that is the use of copper. Lowes has rolls of copper flashing that I reason gives me the most options for different methods. The idea behind the copper is to block access to your plants with the copper. Slugs and their slimy nastly membraneous bodies do not mix. When a slug starts to ooze across a clean, corrosion-free piece of copper, a chemical reaction occurs with their slime layer which causes the slug to experience an electric shock. (how satisfying is that!) I wish there was an equivalent for bunnies. Any scientist know a substance that reacts electrically with soft fur?
I’ve got other plans for the extra flashing (I am thinking to experiment with a homemade water feature….more on that later). To install, I simply cut a strip of the flashing to the length of the my raised beds, removed the sticky backing (though I am not entirely sure that was necessary and wrapped it over the edge of my beds. Bonus that they match the new terracotta and copper plant tags that I made earlier this year!
Images: Rochelle Greayer
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lowes. This is a series that I am doing through the end of the year. Once a month, they give me the cash for materials and a theme and I work out a DIY that hopefully we can all use. I am not an employee of Lowes and all opinions are my own.