I was talking to my neighbor, and she said that she thought it was from slugs. She was using banana peels around her garden to ward them away. I remembered that my mother used to use beer to capture the slugs. So I went searching on the web for solutions.
I talked to a local composting expert who said you can fish them out and throw them in your compost. Ewww!!!! Luckily, we have 7 year-olds. Nothing disgusts them! So my daughter has been happily fishing them out and putting them in our compost bin. I gave her strict instructions that I do NOT want to see them!
I have found that the cups I’m using are a little small and other things tend to get into them, I’m going to switch to yogurt containers as they become available.
- Sprinkle coffee grounds around the plants to ward off the slugs and other critters – This seems to be the most effective and the thing I’m sticking with!
- Sprinkle oatmeal around. The slugs eat the oatmeal and die. Then birds come along and eat them. I’ve been trying this and haven’t seen any dead slugs, but I *do* have a lot of birds around! You need to re-sprinkle the oatmeal after the rain.