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a slug crawling out of my salad!

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:09 pm
by kenneal - lagger
I've almost finished my lunch and I've just found a slug crawling out of my salad! I hope it is the only one that was in there. Will this put people off their food in a future of much more "grow your own"?

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:28 pm
by emordnilap
One of our water supplies is softened, so food to be washed is usually in a bowl or sink of salty water; it does the trick. Throw in the spinach or broccoli or whatever and five minutes later, there's always a creature or two wriggling about at the bottom!

It's not strong enough to kill them but they're trying to get away from it of course.

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:09 pm
by kenneal - lagger
It rained yesterday. Wouldn't that wash them?

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:18 pm
by emordnilap
kenneal - lagger wrote:It rained yesterday. Wouldn't that wash them?
Depends on how good the polytunnel is.

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:13 pm
by kenneal - lagger
These are outside. I'll have to plant some inside very soon to take over for the winter. The outside ones went to seed a while ago but they still taste alright.

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:18 pm
by emordnilap
kenneal - lagger wrote:These are outside.
:lol:

When it rains here, the tops of leaves outside get washed while the underside of leaves get splashed with dirt. You can't win.

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:11 pm
by vtsnowedin
I don't want any pesticides on my broccoli or other salad greens so a salt water soak separates the cabbage worms from my lunch. And no matter how much washing and rinsing you do there will always be some grit at the bottom of a spinach pot so use a big tall lobster pot and skim your boiled clean spinach or chard off the top. And if a slug or worm still gets through just deduct it from your protein requirements. :roll:

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:47 pm
by Little John
raw slugs contain parasites you really don't want to ingest

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:49 pm
by vtsnowedin
Little John wrote:raw slugs contain parasites you really don't want to ingest
Then watch what you eat.

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:10 am
by emordnilap
vtsnowedin wrote:I don't want any pesticides on my broccoli or other salad greens
Oh, they need no special measures to avoid. I haven't worried about those on my food for 30-odd years. :lol: :lol:

Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:41 am
by vtsnowedin
emordnilap wrote:
vtsnowedin wrote:I don't want any pesticides on my broccoli or other salad greens
Oh, they need no special measures to avoid. I haven't worried about those on my food for 30-odd years. :lol: :lol:

The pesticides or the slugs?

Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:48 pm
by emordnilap
vtsnowedin wrote:
emordnilap wrote:
vtsnowedin wrote:I don't want any pesticides on my broccoli or other salad greens
Oh, they need no special measures to avoid. I haven't worried about those on my food for 30-odd years. :lol: :lol:

The pesticides or the slugs?
You were talking about pesticides in that post.