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Fruit sox save plants from slugs again
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John S
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May 7, 2021 - 8:39 pm

I've been enjoying my black mulberries for years, but I had decided to get a different kind of black mulberry.  Burnt Ridge says it is a dwarfing kind of black mulberry. Our "Noir de Spain" is delicious but the tree is too big.  I was so happy to have our new tree planted in the back yard, and see it growing.  Then the evil known as slugs broke out and chomped on it.  I have found slugs go crazy over new spring foliage, like newly grafted trees and newly growing plants. They must have extra nutrition in them or something. 

Several years ago, I noticed the slugs killing my newly grafted trees I was so excited about.  Heartbroken, I had to find a solution.  I took old fruit sox and tied them in a knot around the stem of the little trees.  At night,  I found slugs that climbed up to the fruit sox and stopped.  I picked them off and killed them of course.  You can imagine that the texture of fruit sox would rub all of the slime off of them, making it painful for them to crawl anywhere.  Now, especially this time of year, I will resort to this old remedy.  I wrote an article about it back in the day for the old "Pome News".  Maybe some of you will find this remedy useful for that kind of heartbreak.

John S
PDX OR

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DanielW
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March 12, 2022 - 8:16 am

That sounds like a great idea John.

I have an organic slug bait that works well but can be pricey.  Plus with your method, I can feed the slugs to the hens and duck.  They love them.

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John S
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March 12, 2022 - 9:12 pm

Daniel-
Great form of recycling!
John S

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