Chris Olsen: Snail Patrol in the garden

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Our lifestyle guru Chris Olsen with Botanica Gardens stops by "THV 11 This Morning" with more great tips for your life.

Snail Patrol

Those little slimy snails and slugs can cause a big problem in the garden. They can munch to the ground seedlings, make your hostas and other perennials unsightly, and destroy a vegetable garden in just a few days. I havethree great homemade slug bait remedies.

Chris's Yeast Slug Bait Recipe:

1 cup water
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of flour
1/2 teaspoon of dry yeast

Just mix in a bowl and place a couple of small bowls full of your mixture out in the garden. It is best to tuck the bowls of this secret mixture under the foliage of your garden plants where the snails and slugs hide.

Chris's Slug-Be-Gone Natural Spray:

I use a spray bottle 3/4 filled with water, few drops of liquid soap and 1/4 cup of ammonium. All you have to do is just squirt the chlorophyll suckers whenever you want.
Penny For Your Thoughts?:

Here's a fun and easy project involving pennies that will definitely be a conversation piece in the garden or in the home plus snails and slugs stay away from copper pennies! Creating a Penny Sphere for your garden will not only repel slugs but will turn your hydrangeas blue as well. Simply take a bowling ball or in this case large plastic Christmas balls (the shatter proof kind) and begin gluing pennies all over the sphere. Be sure to use a waterproof glue to hold up in the outdoors. $4 worth of pennies will cover a large Christmas ball. This decorative Penny Sphere may also be used in the home as well. Place it, or several penny spheres, in a bowl or sitting in a bookshelf. Either way the Penny Sphere will own up to the old cliche' "A Penny For Your Thoughts!"


-Bowling ball or large Christmas shatter proof ball
-$4 worth of pennies will cover one large Christmas ball
-Waterproof glue

Stackable Crate Garden

For an interesting focal point in the garden, make a stackable crate garden! This unique display is super easy to create. Begin with unfinished wooden crates. The number of crates will depend on the height you would like in the garden. We used three crates. Use any color of wood stain and brush the stain onto the wooden crates using a foam brush. You may blot excess stain with paper towels. Once the wooden crates are completely stained, spray or brush on a clear water sealer to protect the crates from the outdoors. Stack the crates as you wish. Line crates with plastic bags or another product that will keep dirt inside the crates. Fill the crates with herbs, flowers, or a variety of plants and enjoy your stackable crate garden!


-Unfinished wooden crates
-Wood stain
-Foam brush
-Paper towel
-Plastic bags
-Herbs, flowers, and/or plants


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