Oregano has been a busy bee these past few weeks, so apologies for a lack of earth shattering blogs to make you smile and reconsider the magnitude of just how wicked gardening is.
Hyperbole aside, today's blog is about GARLIC JUICE. A noxious concoction that is said to repel slugs and snails from your beloved plants. In the past I've tried many methods - copper tape, pellets, screaming etc. Do slugs have ears? That's one to ask Attenborough. This recipe was given to me by Parsley:
1 bulb of garlic
1 litre of water
Crush the garlic bulb, add the water and boil for 5 minutes. After cooking, strain the liquid and store in fridge. Dilute the solution 1 tablespoon per litre and spray plants and surrounding soil.
Wrote that in garlic green for emphasis.
One thing I can tell you....this fucking stinks. I boiled up the garlic and had to open the windows. I let the juice cool before pouring it into an empty ribena bottle and sticking a professional looking label on it, as you can see. Parsley had kindly bought me a two litre pump sprayer for my birthday, this was filled following the ratio above. I got to do a little cockney walk as I was there pumping away to build up the pressure in the bottle. I strolled down the garden looking like I was on a listing ship. 'I'm a cockney geezer, I'm a cockney geezer, HAVE A CAP A TEA HAVE A CAP A TEA.' Then I adjusted the nozzle to fine mist and let rip. Pisssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss! I tell you that bottle gave out such a hiss my pythons were jealous. Everything got a good dousing - hollyhocks, emerging hostas, sunflowers, echinacea. The slugs in our garden eat everything. They'd have a go at me if I stayed still long enough. I shall keep ye updated on the juice's effectiveness.