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Cucumber and Listerine

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Had an intresting email from my sister this morning, it said if you are troubled in the summer from mosquitoes, take a spray bottle and fill with Listermint and spray the area where you are sitting, garden chairs for example, you won’t be troubled with mosquitoes, she also said to get rid of slugs from the garden, slice cucumber and put into alliminium trays and put around the garden you will be slug free, don’t know if this all works but it might be worth a try,

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Thanks for passing it on - can't wait for the "field reports" to start coming in!

Googled "Listermint" beacuse I'd only every heard of "Listerine" - seems to be a similar product, which I'll look out for.

lol cucumber and Listermint - sounds like a great sandwich filling!

14 Feb, 2012

 

thanks Fran, I just realised after reading your comment it should have been Listerine so I have now changed it,not sure about the sandwich though, Lol

14 Feb, 2012

 

\very interesting! Will definitley try the cucumber!! :)))))))

14 Feb, 2012

 

I've never had mosquitoes...But will def have a go with the cucumber.....

14 Feb, 2012

 

well ladies its worth a go isn't it,

14 Feb, 2012

 

lol Yorkshire, when this blog came up in my "ongoing comments", I blinked a bit: had I misread it the first time and did I now have egg on face as a consequence?? Glad you posted, people would have wondered what I was smoking at the time!

14 Feb, 2012

 

no prob Fran, my mistake

14 Feb, 2012

 

lol no big deal, it happens x

14 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks. It's worth a try. I get bitten to pieces by mosquitoes and horseflies.

14 Feb, 2012

 

you must be very sweet, Hywel! are there insect-repellent plants? lavender, for eg?

14 Feb, 2012

 

ah cool Yorkshire - definitely try that

14 Feb, 2012

 

Me sweet ? lol Fran :D

14 Feb, 2012

 

that's why they head straight for you all the time *s*

14 Feb, 2012

amy
Amy
 

I will deff. try both of those Val , like Hywel Mosquitoes zoom in on me I end up with great lumps and bites all over especially if I have been disturbing shrubs in the evening ,perhaps I should buy a gallon and squirt it all over the garden LOL... my OH says they only go after bad meat :o( I prefer Frans idea that we are sweet :o)

14 Feb, 2012

 

Isn't there an idea that you can drink something that exudes perfume, unnoticed by humans, that can attract or repel insects? I think that's how Indian Tonic Water started, the insects didn't like whatever put the fizz in it?

14 Feb, 2012

amy
Amy
 

I was told to drink Tonic water Fran it's to do with the quinine in it but then I like gin in it as well LOL....

14 Feb, 2012

 

grins would that attract or repel insects? maybe you could do a scientific study, try a week on each and see which causes least bites ...

14 Feb, 2012

 

anything is worth a try..with slugs..thanks Yorkshire.

14 Feb, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Good idea Fran it will be fun finding out LOL...

14 Feb, 2012

 

how many bottles do you expect to get through? maybe get a distillery to sponsor you?

14 Feb, 2012

amy
Amy
 

You are full of great ideas Fran ,that one goes to the top of my list LOL.......

14 Feb, 2012

 

grin, you could apply to several, offering to test the effectiveness of each ...

14 Feb, 2012

 

very interesting Yorkshire thanks...

14 Feb, 2012

 

glad you all found this intresting, Fran apparently you only need a light spray around your garden chairs,

15 Feb, 2012

 

So interesting to hear these ideas Yorks. Thanks, will certainly give the slug thing a go!!

15 Feb, 2012

 

your welcome G/M anything concerned with slugs is worth a go,

15 Feb, 2012

 

I will definitely give the Listerine spray a try. Eucalyptus trees are said to deter midges and mozzies, I planted one behind our garden seat and still the midges hovered over me.......grrrr. Damn thing grew to 20ft and T had to saw it down. Do the slugs stay in the tray or do they slink off when they have had enough cucumber?

15 Feb, 2012

 

wouldn't the prescence of slugs enourage slug-eating birds? probably talking out of my hat, but just wondered.

15 Feb, 2012

 

worth a try val, especially the mossies and midgys, i hate them , you move and they move with you haha

15 Feb, 2012

 

I'll check the email from my sister H/B and get back to you, yes it is worth a try San Fran I don't really know

16 Feb, 2012

 

H/B just read that email again, it says that the cucumber being placed in an aliminium tray causes a reaction together, and therefore the slugs are supposed to disappear from the garden,sliced cucumber by the way,

16 Feb, 2012

 

I read a thing about wildlife gardening, Yorkshire; it said to have a logpile, kept damp, to encourage insects, which would encourage insect-eating birds. dunno about slugs. Maybe the birds wouldn't notice unless they were wall to wall, and who'd want to encourage them that much??

16 Feb, 2012

 

just been reading that email again, another tip, I don't know if they work until tried out, but this next one says, if you have a hinge like on the door and it squeaks, don't use WD40 just rub a slice of cucumber over the hinge,

16 Feb, 2012

 

lol versatile veg - and it's good for the skin, and tastes good too

16 Feb, 2012

 

agreed

16 Feb, 2012

 

i love cucumber, even though it, and melon, make me burp a lot; maybe cos of high water cotnent? (or is that TMI??)

16 Feb, 2012

 

it repeats something awful if my OH eats eat, I love it,

16 Feb, 2012

 

radishes do too, to me, but slightly differently! - delicacy forbids further detail.

16 Feb, 2012

 

Radishes I can take or leave Fran

16 Feb, 2012

 

nods, I generally leave 'em - not deliberately, just don't think of buying them on the rare occasions that I do buy salad. Still, if I don't miss them I can't have been that much in love with them

16 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks Yorkshire I will give it a try this spring, or as soon as the thugs appear.

16 Feb, 2012

 

we are definately going to try it, nothing to lose only a cucumber, and the listerine, it said just a fine spray around the garden furniture, we get a lot of gnats in the back garden

16 Feb, 2012

 

Same here because of the trees I think. I don't like the smell of the insect repellent Jungle stuff I have to use.

16 Feb, 2012

 

me either, and I get sick and tired of keep lighting those ctironella candles, both my son and daughter get bitten like mad when they come here,

16 Feb, 2012

 

Slugs and birds - the trouble is most slugs come out to play when the birds have roosted for the night. Toads are what you want for slugs. We have several but the slugs breed faster, so cucumber here we come.

22 Feb, 2012

 

ah, right, Steragram; it must be snails and birds i was tihnking of. that's the trouble with pests, they have to breed fast or get eaten into extinction very fast.

ps I was looking on Google for something raised in another blog, and found this, might be of some itnerest?

http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/creative-projects/how-to-deter-slugs-with-copper-tape/307.html

22 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks Fran - I've heard of this and keep meaning to try it on hostas in pots. Wouldn't work for plants in the border though!

23 Feb, 2012

 

unless some copper barrier was introduced round the entire bed! maybe some "edge strips" with copper attachements - no idea wht that'd cost, even if one wanted to mini-fence one's beds

24 Feb, 2012

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