In the Yard for Jan. 11, 2013

Gardeners and lettuce aren’t the only living things that like cool weather. Snails and slugs like cool-season bedding plants and vegetables.

LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill, whose writing is informative as well as descriptive, paints this word picture: “Snails and slugs belong to the mollusk family along with oysters. They crawl along on a single foot over a thin layer of slime they produce to ease their way.”

You’ll find lots of commercial remedies for snails and slugs on the Internet or the shelves at hardware stores. Or you can sink a small plastic bowl up to its rim in the ground and half fill the bowl with beer. Slugs and snails aren’t particular about how good or cheap the beer is as long as it’s fresh.

Or go out at night with a flashlight to pick the creatures off your plants with rubber gloves or tongs.

STORY TIME: It’s story time in Windrush Gardens at the Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Sponsored by the Junior League of Baton Rouge and the LSU AgCenter, “Story Time” is for children ages 3 to 8. Admission is $3 per person. Enter the gardens through the LSU Rural Life Museum. Price of admission to “Story Time” includes touring the museum.

Ed Cullen

Advocate staff writer