Oh… slugs! The nightmare! Another "diversionary planting" I havejust discovered (alas, the hard way) is horseradish. They are WILD about horseradish and it’s quite disgusting to see them all ganged up and going to town on the leaves. I’d like to think this keeps the pests from the other things like my lettuce (always inviting to pick the floating slugs from the lettuce spinner prior to eating. by now we’re used to it but I hope no guest ever sees how their lovely "garden fresh" salad really looks before the multiple baths…). But what if I’m just feeing a new and happy generation of slugs with my horseradish?
Interesting idea to plant the sacrificial plant to divert the slugs.
And the rabbit that lives in the vegetable garden despite two dogs and an ex-feral cat. I don’t have any string beans – not one – but my hat is off to the wily creature.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.