The Hidden Almanac for
Friday June 12th, 2015
Episode 268
Previous episode: 2015-06-10
Next episode: 2015-06-15


Today we consider strategies for dealing with slugs. It is the Feast Day of St. Lee, and in the garden, there is a tarp.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is June 12th, 2015.

It was on this day that a listener sent in a letter asking for gardening advice. Hmmm. People do not usually send letters. I would be happy to answer it, of course. Such is the purpose of community radio. So. Very well. It asks how to control the depredations of slugs and snails in an apartment container garden. It is signed Leafless in Urbania. Hmm. Clever.

Well, Leafless, I will assume that you have already tried to set the slugs on fire with your mind and the results have been unsatisfactory. In this case, you have two useful options and one less useful one. The less useful option is to try to kill the snails using salt, beer, explosives, or commercial slug poisons. This only ends up damaging your plants and getting slime everywhere. You are better off keeping the slugs away from the plants to begin with. Slugs have delicate skin and do not like to climb over sharp objects. We therefore recommend sprinkling a ring of diatomaceous earth, sharp sand, or broken eggshells over the potting soil so that the slugs do not cross the ring.

If, however, your plants fill the container completely, do not pour sharp sand on your plants. That will not help. You must keep the slugs off the pot entirely. Slugs dislike crossing copper wire, as the acidity of their slime will cause an electric shock. They also will not cross very slick surfaces, as they cannot get traction. If you apply Vasoline in a ring on the surface of the pot, the slug will be hard-pressed to cross. This will also work for railings that the plants may be touching.

You may also try WD-40, depending on the type of material the pot is made from, but do not apply that anywhere where it could come in contact with something you intend to eat. Finally, there is necromancy. If you raise the dead slugs up, they will guard your plants very effectively, as live slugs have an instinctive hatred for the undead. Again, do not raise the dead on anything you intend to eat.

I hope that answers your questions.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Lee, patron of lives lived long and well. He is represented as a tall man, sometimes with the head of an afghan hound, standing before a field of stars.

In the garden, the CharmX people have sent someone down the steps. He has not returned. There was some screaming. They have declared that they are taking mental health days and have thrown a tarp over the hole.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible teas. Red Wombat --- “We Dig Tea.”

Also brought to you by a two-headed pig fetus in a jar. Well. All right, then.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for June 12th, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.

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