Thursday, June 20, 2013

Penny Ball to Combat Slugs

If you follow Pinterest (and who doesn't????) I am sure you will recognize this project. According to the pin, copper pennies repel slugs. I am set to put it to the test. My flower gardening is limited but last year and the year before it was non-existant because slugs devoured everything.  This year I am being proactive. Here is our new garden sculpture.

My daughter, Amy is an avid tag saler and I asked her to keep hers eyes open for a bowling ball.  Didn't take her long before she had 3 at $1 a piece. Last Friday David and I had a date to glue pennies onto that ball. He was in charge of applying the glue and I applied pennies.

Note the wine. As I said, it was a date!

I wasn't sure what to use for glue so I tried Liquid Nails which is thick and goopy. Seemed to work fine. It took less than 1 2.5 oz tube but strong hands to apply.

I forgot to count but I estimate it took about $3 worth of pennies.  I also made sure that many of them were from before 1982 when they switched the copper content of pennies to almost none.

We left it to dry over night and put it in the garden the next day. Today is Wednesday and I haven't seen a slug yet but that really isn't a very good test period.

Aside from the gardening impact, the ball looks pretty cool. And, if you've been following me for long, you'll know I have a things for spheres!

Happy gardening everyone.

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  1. Fantastic date! LOL. I Love this idea. My hubby collected money for a long time and we have a box or 2 of pennies around here somewhere and would LOVE to get them out of the box and this is just the thing! Thanks for the inspiration :)

    1. Get your hubby on board! It was a fun evening, something totally different for a change..... pun intended!

  2. I am glad that you made it a point to tell that cents are 97% zink after 1982! So it is a must to use 1981 and lower years or you wont have a copper ball/sphere

  3. So ... three years later ... are your slugs still staying away? Very cool piece.

    1. It has lessen the number of slugs but it has not gotten rid of them. Still it is neat piece in the garden.