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Chris Emerson

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Hi, I have been seeing a lot of these slugs around and I would like to know what they are. Some slugs are great and eat mostly dead plant material and others even eat other slugs! And of course some slugs like the invasive European brown are ruthless plant killers that need to be stopped!
I live on the southern end of the Salish sea just outside Olympia, Wa.
My best guess is a leopard slug but some confirmation would be great.

Also, if it is the leopard slug, I have seen some mixed info about their benefits. It looks like they mostly eat other slugs and dead plants. Can anyone confirm this?
8 months ago
Excellent thread. It is interesting to see how some people are getting very emotional about this topic. Who would have thought that cutting grass would get so many people worked up.

First off I despise lawns, I think they are boring, ugly and a waste of space. I don't despise people that grow lawns. I drive around and see people that have a half acre of lawn and i just can understand why they would do that. A lot of these places don't even have a dog to run in that field. Property is expensive, why buy so much if you aren't going to use it? But this is obviously just from my viewpoint, some people like the see of useless green.

I live in the PNW in a area where wild fires are not a concern and ticks are not all that bad, same goes for fleas. We do have a lot of slugs in our area though. The native banana slugs are awesome because they eat mostly (maybe only?) dead material. The European Brown slug on the other hand is a real pain in the a**. This year they destroyed a lot of our seedlings. Though this is my first year at this home (I cant compare to previous years) I bet having long grass has contributed to having more slugs. This does not worry me though. I see this as part of the journey.  Soon enough I will have helped created/encourage a ecosysyem that keeps the slugs in check. More birds, spiders and garter snakes equals less slugs!

This is our first year on the property, it was about 1/4 acre of grass when we bought it and we are working on converting it over to a permaculture food forest.  Step one was to plant garlic to overwinter (i can't live without it) and to throw a cover-crop on the grass. We needed to break up the compacted sod with deep roots and add organic matter. As you can see in the picture the cover is doing great (around the edges). Step 2 was to lay out a garden bed, the first of many more.

I cut the lawn occasionally to make paths, the rest I let grow wild. One of the first thing i noticed was the "weeds" have beautiful flowers that the bees love. Second is we seem to have a lot more birds, more than most of our neighbors at least. Third, I have limited time because I have a one year old running around the house, since I don't waste time with mowing I can spend more time with the kiddo or weeding the garden.
10 months ago

s. drone wrote:perhaps they do not do this in you're area..
here in toronto canada they pull the boats out of the water each fall although some people keep theirs in the water with bubblers to keep the water from freezing
you see them with a wood frame with shrink wrapped plastic over them
many of the boats on shore are covered in

it comes in clear

if you could get some off cuts from a local marina that would be ideal

just throwing it out there.. i do not have any practical experience doing this



This looks like a very interesting idea. Hopefully someone else has tried this
11 months ago
Charli, that looks awesome! I love the design, especially the entrance. I wish o could help you out with ideas but I am planning on building mine in a couple of years so I dont have any tips yet. Hood luck though
11 months ago
Can you repost the picture, it does not show up. Thanks
11 months ago

Marco Banks wrote:

For many people, their first step in approaching a new piece of land is just to observe and interact for the first year anyway.  That's the first principle of permaculture: observe and and interact.  Get to know the land intimately.  Walk it in all seasons and see how the light moves across it, how the water flows, how the soil responds to rain, the condition of the soil in various places, and the unique microclimates that will be available to creatively utilize.  That doesn't mean that you can't build soil this year and begin to stockpile resources.  

So, in a word, no,  it's not too late to do something.  Go for it.  



I totally agree with this, if it is feasible, depends on your situation, buying or leasing. This is my second summer at my house and this year we planted some trees and made a few lasagna beds. The first year was watching the area, sun, wind, frost pockets, etc. The first year we also threw a complex cover crop down that included deep taproot plants, diakons, nitrogen fixers and lots more. A big thing to do is get a good soil test. A quality one can tell you a lot. Good luck!
11 months ago
Awesome. This gives me a lot to go on!
1 year ago
This is growing around my area under a variety of large trees in the Pacific NW. It competes with ivy and I like it a lot more than ivy. Any way to promote it's growth?
1 year ago
Here is a update. Overall I am pretty happy, in fact I would be extremely happy if it were not for a massive amount of snow that killed lots of the cover crop. We got hit with a late snow just as the cover crops were looking really good. The cold turned the dikons soft and mushy. They were 6-10 inches long. Some survived. Since the main idea was to introduce a lot of organic matter and to break up the soil I am happy what I got.
1 year ago
Added some mulch for a path. Next year we will expand the garden bed, I made way too much path space!
1 year ago