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16 July 2007 @ 07:58 pm
Slugs. Why did it have to be slugs?

There are few things I find as all-encompassingly icky as slugs. Those big hairy fast scurrying centipedes rank just above, but other than that? VERY few things. I went out to water the yarrow and clip the dead blooms, and lo! there were slugs all over the plant!!!. And by all over, I mean there were three. Still, I made an appallingly girly sound and then VERY BRAVELY flicked them off of the yarrow with a twig. They didn't go far - just fell over onto the ground. Thing is, I'm not too keen on killing them, I just want them away from my yarrow and most definitely away from me.


In happier (but sort of boring 'details of my everyday life which you may want to - and feel free to - skip') news, I went to kickboxing on Sunday after having missed an entire frackin' week. It was brutally difficult, but I am determined to get back on track. Diet wise, too, since I ate rather poorly most of that week and then very badly on Saturday. adrienne429 and aranturas came over for a cookout; Don's mom was there, too, to break in our new patio furniture that she very generously helped finance. I made lemon-garlic shrimp, garlic-barbecue chicken skewers, grilled squash (the yellow squash came from my garden. woooo!) and whole wheat pasta salad. Oh, and of course, since my oven remains stubbornly unhealed, I had to make a dessert that did not require baking. Enter the chocolate ricotta icebox cake. *trumpet fanfare* I can say this since it wasn't my own recipe: that cake was absurdly yummy.

After, we all (save for Mom) went to see OoTP. I sort of really, really loved it, much to my surprise. More on that in a later post. Maybe. Oh, but the real point of mentioning the movie excursion was to say I ate my body weight in buttered popcorn. I am made of... not win, to be sure... What's that other word?*

Start taunting me now, folks, lest I try to skip out of kickboxing tomorrow. I don't get in shape now, I'll never play Jade in the Kyle Rayner GL movie! what? it could happen.

I feel: stressedstressed
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on July 17th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
stale beer, in tuna cans sunk to dirt level, act as wonderous slug traps. They go in and drown. (At least they die happy...)

If you want to just keep them out, look into repellants; apparently garlic oil works well.


It'll probably keep Bunnicula away from the ripe tomatos as well. :)
Kel: Babs aloneladyjoust on July 17th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
Bunnicula reference: FTW. :D

Thank you thank you thank you thank you. I will make tuna salad JUST to have the cans to use. I'll also look into getting garlic oil.

Again, I hate the thought of killing them, but I am so supremely squicked, and I don't want them killing my yarrow and - potentially - other plants.

Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on July 17th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
If you make the traps it makes sense to put them outside the garden to stop them there. Do a manual de-slugging (ew) in the garden itself. They seem to be most active in the am (probably due to the moisture).

I'd avoid putting salt out, as it's bad for most plants.

More ideas herw, sounds like the border is a good place for coffee grinds and eggshells...

Adrienne C.adrienne429 on July 18th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
I remember my mom using the beer trap and it really works.
Aifacat: Mercaifacat on July 17th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
Ditto on the beer deal. My mom used to keep the slugs off the strawberries by saving margarine tubs and filling it with whatever the cheapest beer at the moment was (I seem to recall Piels and Black Label often, lol). Worked like a charm!
Kel: Rose-heart-Nineladyjoust on July 17th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
Thanks! And you know, I bet they're the ones who did in my poor wee strawberry plants early in the summer.


Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on July 17th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
...and waitaminute, what happened to your oven?
Kel: Susan Deathladyjoust on July 17th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
It was working and then it wasn't and then it was and now it isn't again. But it's old and crappy and we've been meaning to replace it from the day we moved in 2+ years ago, so really - The Time Has Come.

We're going shopping this weekend.
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on July 17th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
I used to sell large appliances, so you may want to review this old post before you shop. Feel free to ping me on AIM with any questions.

(And yes, I ran into many of the dumber sounding issues on a regular basis, largely because people tend to replace appliances when they move, sometimes making the arrangements before they have moved in, and often they don't know. They don't think about checking stuff, after all, how often do most people buy a new stove?
Ea Quae Legiteaquaelegit on July 17th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
I've been not-biking for a week or two, and I went back to it today, and UGH it was awful.
Kel: kickin' some assladyjoust on July 17th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
And it's weird, isn't it, 'cause your body doesn't completely revert to a pile of goo that quickly. Yet it's just so hard and utterly unfair.
Andrewquueer on July 17th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
A copper boarder apparently affects the slugs slime mechanism or something like that. I don't give a care what it does, it's damn cool looking.
Dark Angel: KimAndJasonLoveeuph0ra on July 17th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
Hey Kelly?

Can I get your email addy and Don's? I'd like to send you two an evite to a pre faire party I'm a throwing :)

You can send it to fireflyte at hotmail dot com.
Kel: better with twoladyjoust on July 18th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
You bet, and thanks!