Garden Projects Posts

Beer Traps to Rid Your Garden of Snails and Slugs – Tested

Beer Traps to Rid Your Garden of Snails and Slugs – Tested

I have heard nothing but good things about the effectiveness of beer traps to control slugs and snails in the garden but what if, like me, you’re a teetotaller?  Will yeast work as well as beer?  Will plain water lure any snails or slugs and what about using stout?  I’ve tested four different baits in four different traps and run this experiment three times in different parts of the garden to see what snails and slugs prefer to order at the bar.

My Homemade Seedling Protectors

My Homemade Seedling Protectors

Seeds that are directly sown into the garden need protection.  I have had many new seedlings emerge in the garden only to have them accidentally dug out by foraging birds or purposefully eaten by hungry garden visitors. I invented my own method to protect my emerging seedlings.  Small, simple to make, re-usable covers that pin into the soil with wire hooks.

Organic Methods to Control Snails – Tested

Organic Methods to Control Snails – Tested

With the onset of winter and wet weather comes the unrelenting nighttime raids by hordes of snails and slugs, their one goal, to feast on all the sweetest baby leaves of any newly planted seedling.  This got me wondering what, of the many organic deterrents, actually work?  With this in mind I set out to try the most popular, often suggested methods for saving seedlings from these persistent feeders.

How to Catch Earwigs that are Eating Your Garden

How to Catch Earwigs that are Eating Your Garden

So, you’ve noticed chewed holes in the leaves of your vegetables consisting of fairly small bite marks that create large ragged holes, but no silvery snail trails. You may have earwigs. Here’s how to identify and trap earwigs in an eco friendly manner.