I saw this on hgtv the other day if your petunias are getting eatin by slugs get a spray bottle fill of it up halway with amonia or however its spelled and the rest with water and shake and spray directly on the slugs and watch them die immediatly! yay
for cabbage or things eating your lettuce take self-rising flour and shake it over your plant till its completely covered and when they eat and the hot afternoon comes out POP GOES THE SLUUUUGG!
To keep underground pests from messing with you roots and flowers divert them by takeing a potatoe cut it in half stick it in the ground away from you plants and in a week dig it up and look at all the things attached to it and then stomp it and bye bye buggys and just put another one in the ground...
here is better info on it i went to theire webstie and found it,
For example, all too often the slugs in her garden take over her flowers. Since the mother slug lays her eggs at the base of the most tender, succulent plants, the babies proceed to pulverize her precious petunias. But Binetti sprays a homemade half-and-half mixture of ammonia and water on the slugs. "In order for the solution to work, you have to spray it directly on the slugs," she says. The bonus is that the ammonia converts into nitrogen, so as you're killing the slugs, you're actually fertilizing your plants. And Binetti suggests using the leftovers to wash the windows
"I use beer as snail bait," adds master gardener Paul James. "I put a little bit in a shallow container, and I place it in the garden. They crawl in, but they can't crawl out."
To protect her cabbage, Binetti sprinkles self-rising flour on the cabbage leaves. The worms eat the flour, and when the sun comes out, the worms explode. Just take a cup or two of self-rising flour, pour into a small paper bag and roll up the top of the bag. Poke a few holes in the base of the bag (figure B) and sprinkle the flour over the cabbage (figure C). Binetti recommends applying the flour to your plants during the early morning since that's when the worms are most actively eating. Once the mercury starts rising, so will the worms.
Who knew potatoes would have an eye for trapping insects? Binetti catches the bad bugs in her unique version of mashed potatoes. First, she buries a few potatoes in the soil. The potatoes lure all the bad bugs that typically eat root crops. Once all the bad bugs are in one spot, she removes the potatoes and mashes them. Just take a potato and slice it into smaller sections (figure D). Poke a skewer through each section (figure E). Bury the potatoes a couple of inches in the soil. Space each slice about a foot or so apart in your root crops. The skewers stick up through the soil to help you find the potatoes later. In a couple of weeks, pull the potatoes up to reveal all kinds of bad bugs that would otherwise be eating your crops. Remove the bugs from the potatoes and squash the little culprits
this info was taken from hgtv.com
Edited by toposh (12/26/2007 11:16 PM)
Edit Reason: more in depth info
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