Arion lusitanicus… We meet again

So you like onions huh? Well me too.

In the YouTube video I showed you in a recent post Scott McGuire talks about the use of the word pest. He deals with pests by growing more produce and accepts the loss cause by so called pests. No doubt that when we experience some kind of pest it’s due to an unbalance in natures harmony. It’s not a slug problem, it’s a duck problem. There are too few ducks living in modern urban areas, actually close to none. And that’s fair enough. Most people want to control their garden down to each grass leave. If I were living out in the country side I would gladly encourage ducks to come live with me. So that would be a solution to the slug problem. But I’m getting a bit stubborn here, I’m not ready to give up my urban vegetable garden yet. I’m aware of and have tried most of the recommend slug fighting tactics just to wake up and find slugs partying between my onions… (nooo, that’s really gross, stay focused here 😀 ) Something about the way that Scott McGuire handles pests gives me new hope. So, what do slugs eat? In particular, what does Arion lusitanicus eat? And then I felt really dumb when I came across the document “The palatability of 78 wildflower strip plants to the slug Arion lusitanicus” from 1998 by Briner T. and Frank T.: It’s well known what the slugs love to eat – why the hell didn’t I provide those plants then? Let’s feed the poor bastards. Them hungry! Why eat sour onions and beets when you can have something like:

  • Rapeseed (Brassica napus)
  • Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
  • Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
  • Red Deadnettle (Lamium purpureum)

Yum!

Wildflower slug fence, coming up!

(palatability. really?… come on guys 😉 )

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