Slug in my lettuce container! Eeew!
There are lots of slugs on my lawn "garden". I have killed a few using cornstarch, then letting the ants and birds eat them the morning after, but gave up after a few tries. The cornstarch sticks around a few days and the ants continue to eat it.
Anyway, it looked like the slugs were only eating seeds and mint, but not touching growing seedlings and plants. I can tell, because they ate seeds that never germinated - yet they allowed plenty of seedlings to grow just fine.
The other night, when watering, I saw one in my ceramic container of lettuce! The seedlings in there are growing nicely. The soil had lots of standing water from rain, so I haven't been watering it. A slug was nestled right next to the healthiest looking seedling. GROSS.
How did it get up there? Do you think it crawled up the side, or entered through the hole underneath? It's a big hole, but I leave the saucer under it precisely so that critters won't get in. It was gone this morning. How do I keep it away?
Is it still OK to eat the lettuce or should I chuck it?
Is it ok to even reuse the soil that was in there?
I gagged when I saw that slug. They are pretty creatures but the slimy things honestly gross me out.