Dunnville Horticulture Society

Dunnville Horticultural Society shares tips on how to make slug traps

Using the right tools for the job can help control pests in the garden, says Marlene Link
Dunnville Horticulture Society is selling solitary-pollen bee nests as a fundraiser this summer. - Deb Zynomirski photo

Should you share your beer with your garden? Probably not. Beer does not make a good fertilizer and would be better consumed by the gardener.

However, beer does make a good slug killer. Beer not only attracts slugs, but it kills them too. At least they die happy.

Two simple slug traps can be easily made at home.

The first one uses a tuna tin set into the soil at ground level and filled with beer.

The second trap is made with a plastic pop bottle with the top section cut off, inverted and placed into the bottom section with the narrow opening inside; then fill it with beer and place it at ground level.

Other gardening tips are to use coffee grounds to acidify the soil. Some plants that prefer acidic soil are: azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, daffodils, and blueberries. Always work the coffee grounds into the soil.

When controlling insects, people have used dish soap for years.

But modern-day dish soaps are different than the old-fashioned varieties and some are antibacterial.

These can cause wax removal, which not only kills the insects, but leads to the loss of water, leaf scorch and perhaps even the death of the plant.

Commercial insecticidal soaps have been specially formulated to protect the waxy cuticle of the plant, so a little extra money spent on a commercial product is money well spent.

One insect to welcome to your garden is the solitary bee.

These non-aggressive bees provide valuable and necessary pollination for many of your garden’s plants.

Dunnville Horticulture Society is selling solitary-pollen-bee nests as a fundraiser this summer.

Group members can purchase one for $20; the cost for nonmembers is $25.

Contact group president Deb Zynomirski at debzyn@gmail.com or 416-566-9337 to get yours.

Happy gardening to all you green thumbs out there.

Marlene Link is a member of the Dunnville Horticultural Society.

Horticultural Society adds some colour to Dunnville

One of the Dunnville Horticultural Society's garden beds.

By Deb Zynomirski

To The Haldimand Press

DUNNVILLE—A big thank you is in order for the many individuals that made it possible to plant Dunnville’s many public flower beds.

The Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS)’s board of directors (Debbie Thomas, Petra Kruis-Daly, Nelly Engelage, Gloria Hunter, Angela Latham, Colleen O’Reilly, and Deb Zynomirski), along with volunteers from our membership and the public (Mary Lou Johnston, Steve Elgersma, Ron Richards, Jim Chambers, Shaunasy Thomas, Bruce Burton, Ellen Guenther, Pat Henderson, Diane Blanchard-Smith, Ken Sherwood, Beth Powell, and Cory Swick), banded together for three days to ensure that all 15 flower gardens would be brimming with colour this summer.

With the advent of COVID-19, and current restrictions on gathering sizes, the normal one-day planting event had to be reconfigured into three days. Our hardy and hard-working volunteers rolled with the changes and made it all happen seamlessly.

Konkle’s Greenhouses generously donated all the annuals once again, as they have done for many years now. In addition, Charlie Hartsell of Egger Truck and Machine  provides watering services throughout the growing season. Kudos to these great community business partners!

Volunteers will also work throughout the summer to weed all these flower gardens, so take time to thank them for their efforts when you see them working in the gardens.

Finally, we want to thank Haldimand County staff who, despite some temporary layoffs, have chosen to be out working in our County parks. They have been busy weeding and tidying up, so you can enjoy those public spaces. Thank you!

2020 will go down in history as a most unusual year, with upheavals of every kind to our daily lives. On behalf of DHS, we hope you will find some comfort and enjoyment from the beauty we worked so hard to provide for our community.

Deb Zynomirski is the President of the Dunnville Horticultural Society.