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Using Herbs to Repel Slugs and Snails

Someone suggested I put strong smelling herbs at the base of my plants to ward off the slug/snail attack. How should I hold them in place? We get wind and driving rain. The vegetable garden has a layer of cedar bark chips. This attachment has to extend all the way from the top of the 3 inch bark layer into a secure foothold down in the dirt around the collards.


Thought you'd find this amusing. Cedar is supposed to ward off insects. Either it is working and the bug attack would be worse, or it's claim to fame is unjustified. At the very least, large cedar chips last longer than small cedar chips or pine bark.

Hardiness Zone: 8a

Holly from Richardson, TX

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By Jan Dittloff (Guest Post)
May 15, 20070 found this helpful

Hi Save your eggshells and wash them and let them dry out. Spread them around your plants The slugs and snails will not go over them.

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May 15, 20070 found this helpful

Now, why didn't I think of that?

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By septembergal (Guest Post)
May 16, 20070 found this helpful

we put cheap beer in a shallow plastic container. The slugs love beer, climb in and cannot get out. You just have to empty them out every couple of days.

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By Dave (Guest Post)
January 7, 20090 found this helpful

Put salt ever time the wind or rain stop. After it is gone put salt again.

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