Protect Your Garden from Slugs!

I enjoy gardening. I’ve even thought about going hard core and getting into aquaponic gardening. It’s a good way to get outside, do something with my hands, and, if I’m successful, I can provide my family with some fresh produce throughout the summer. This year I went with cucumbers, zucchini, squash, and snow peas. My kids have enjoyed some fresh cucumber salads, zucchini bread, zucchini pancakes, and the occasional handful of fresh peas (if my wife and I don’t get to them first). The garden has been going pretty well this year. I’m still waiting on the squash, and there are a couple of cucumbers and zucchini ready to come in, but the last couple nights I’ve noticed something else in my garden…slugs!

I had a big problem with slugs a couple years ago. I would go out to check the garden and most of my produce would be half eaten. Some fat slug would be sitting there laughing its stupid slug laugh at me. Those slimy jerks!

I’ll tell you one thing, they’re not gonna get my veggies this year.

Luckily, there’s a simple solution to getting rid of slugs in your garden.

That’s right, beer! (Is there anything beer can’t do?) If you’ve got a slug problem in your garden and you want to get rid of it, there’s a simple thing you can do to take care of those squishy bastards, and it involves beer. This is how you do it.

  • Step 1: Crack open a cold one (or a warm one, the slugs aren’t picky).
  • Step 2: Pour that beer into a shallow bowl or empty tuna can.
  • Step 3: Put that bowl in or next to your garden.
  • Step 4: Wait.

The slugs will smell the beer and slide up into the bowl to get to it, then they’ll crawl into the beer and drown. (If you’re into that kind of thing, then you’ll have some beer-marinated slugs. It’s not something I’d ever try, but maybe you wanna give it a shot.)

After a night or two, you’ll have a bowl with stale beer and dead slugs. Just dump the bowl and set out a fresh one if you’re still having a slug problem. The last time I did it, I threw the slugs into my compost barrel. I figure instead of them eating my garden the garden will be eating them! Is that poetic or ironic? I don’t know.

One word of advice, if you’re going to use beer to get rid of slugs in your garden, don’t let the bowl go for three days before you dump it. I did that last year and there were so many dead slugs in the bowl that fresh slugs were climbing on top of the others and weren’t even being submerged in the beer. Gross!

Do you like to garden? What tricks do you have for keeping your garden free of pests?

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