Hamlyn, distributed by Bookwise
IF there's one pest that
has the upper hand in the garden, it's the slug. Pyjama-clad forays,
torch in hand, come a poor second to carpet-bombing the slimy critters
with pellets. But whatever your weapon of choice, you come to learn
that submission is a dirty word in the sluggish language.
Take heart, though, because
here's a book that's going to restore the amiable gardener's grin
and wipe more than the smile from your arch-enemy.
50 Ways to Kill a
Slug, a slender offering in camouflage green, is the ultimate
handbook on slugicide, giving all the intelligence needed to do
battle - some of which can be shared here.
Did you know, for instance,
that slugs have 27,000 teeth, can eat double their own bodyweight
in a day, and have a lifespan of 2-6 years (during which time they
may each gobble nearly 5kg of your favourite hostas).
Given that the average
garden harbours an army of about 200 slugs, it's no wonder it looks
as though it's been napalmed nightly.
Hey, there are some jokes
in this book, too: a slugfest is not all gloom and doom. If its
49 ways to bump off slugs don't work, you could try the book's 50th
suggestion - and convert the volume itself into a handy slug-swat.
Bound to work!
Gardener, Issue 141, 2004, Page 26
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH