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Rosemary Slug Barrier - This tip of the week comes from Mother Earth News Magazine where Melinda Barnett of Stanwood, Washington writes, “I’ve tried many natural methods to deter [slugs] – copper tape, eggshells, pottery shards…but until recently, it’s been to no avail…Last year…the slugs broke through the barriers…and decimated every one of my newly planted thyme and oregano plants…I noticed, however, that they left the rosemary bushes alone…I decided to make a rosemary branch slug barrier, cutting up the branches and placing them in a circle around each thyme plant. It worked! After that…I decided to try encircling the bases of my pole beans with rosemary. So far, all of my bean plants have remained completely slug-free.” It’s worth a try, since rosemary oils are strong and most likely ward off more than just slugs. Find more tips like these in the August/September issue of Mother Earth News here.