Thursday, May 27, 2010

Slug hunting in the garden at night.

So I went out to close the chickens up in the coop two nights ago and glanced around with the flashlight. In the feed trough we have for the chickens were about fifteen slugs. They were all over the thing!! Big ones, little ones, tons were on the ground all around the food too!!!

I grabbed some gloves and a little bucket and went hunting with my wife. We must have pulled 60-100 slugs out of the yard/garden that night.

We went out again last night and pulled at least 30 more out of the yard.

I know it is cruel and a little against my credo of tossing as little as possible in the garbage, but I salted them and threw them in the garbage, I don't even want to throw dead slugs in my compost for fear of slug zombies. Last thing I need is an army of the un-dead leaving slime trails around my garden as they hungrily search for cauliflower (kinda looks like brains?).

Maybe now we can get some spinach to get past the sprout stage. We have lettuce only due to the scale in which we planted.

I have heard you can just go out and cut them in half, leaving their corpses as deterrents to future slugs, but then we risk the whole zombie thing.

Anyone know another way to deal with them that doesn't involve salting the earth or leaving chemical pellets all around my garden?

Until we find another solution, I will be the "Night Hunter".

#8 raise your own food

Backyard chickens are fun. They eat food scraps, give us fertilizer, and leave us eggs every day.

They are fun to watch too. Some of the funniest things I've seen in my back yard have been perpetrated by these birds.

We also raise rabbits for food and pelts.

This one is a little more difficult for most people to do. Mostly because they are cute. But we draw a line for the most part. The adult breeding stock get names, but the young do not (this doesn't stop the kids from naming them though). It is not an easy task to kill them, but once you have done it a couple times it gets easier. The slaughtering is much easier though. We have rabbit soup or stew once every one to two months. There is a plethora of information online about raising rabbits for food.

I know I keep listing things to do without giving too much information on each step, but this series was meant to be a list of things to reduce your waste and consumption, as well as become frugal and more self sustaining. It is more of a guide. Pick and choose the steps that you feel comfortable with, these are all things we have done/are doing, you certainly do not have to do all these things to make an impact. I am not by any means an expert on this subject, but I do have real world experience in every step on this list.

I will be doing another step every day for the next two to three weeks, so stay tuned (if there is anyone out there).