I am fond of beer—I even named one of my dogs Samuel Adams, after the Patriot and my favorite beer. But, recently, I have become fond of it for another reason: organic gardening! I don’t really have a green thumb, but I do like to have flowers in my garden.
After all the rain we have had here in Dallas, I have noticed a proliferation of snails and slugs! These little buggers eat leaves off my plants and petals off my flowers, so now I have strange little stem stumps throughout my flower beds. I was looking for an easy, organic way to get rid of snails when I discovered a hidden facet of beer. I learned that if you put a shallow dish of beer in the garden (in a pie pan, for example), the snails and slugs will be drawn to it. It seems that the slugs are attracted by the yeast smell and fall into the beer, where they are anesthetized by the alcohol and drown. This is a great way to use the half-empties that may be left after a get-together. If you recycle those bottles and cans, you are doing even more to be Green.
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