Gardening in Alaska presents big challenges, whether it's the extra effort in finding plants tough enough to survive our Zone 2-4 climate, communicating with like-minded Alaska gardeners, or keeping up with the latest trends, issues and solutions. We'll try to help with that. We'll also tour gardens from Homer to Anchorage to Wasilla to Willow whenever we get the chance, and post the best garden photos around. Presenting a forum about cold-weather gardening and for cold-weather gardeners is what we are all about. We hope you'll join us on the Talk Dirt garden blog.
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Pennies for the garden
Posted: February 19, 2008 - 10:08 am
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Use copper pennies to deter slugs! Photo by Fran Durner/ADNI had one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" moments when I was leafing through the February issue of Fine Gardening recently. There on page 12 under a heading of "Pick for Best Tip" was a reader suggestion from a gardener in Texas who uses pennies from her change jar to surround hostas as a slug deterent. Wow. That is so easy. Slugs won't cross copper because it imparts a slight electric charge when they touch it. Instead of buying that very expensive copper tape - who doesn't have a handful of pennies in a purse or a pocket, on the kitchen counter or in a cup holder in the car?