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kidderpam
Lake Oswego, OR
(Zone 8b)

March 9, 2009
2:08 PM

Post #6241897

Out in the Pacific Northwest, what can devastate early greens are hungry slugs and rain. WIth both of these an issue, I typically don't mulch greens or tender young seedlings, especially early in the season. Mulch holds in too much moisture and is a great hiding place for slugs to live and reproduce. That said, a thin layer of fine compost will limit the splashing of mud and is too small in structure to provide much of a hiding place.

Mulch can be used more successfully later in the season, but mainly on mid to long season veggies, such as beans or tomatoes.
TexasTam
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2009
3:26 PM

Post #6242273

That's a great regional tip, kidderpam. I've heard a layer of used coffeegrounds around plants can be a good deterrent to slugs as well.

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