Even though my garden is tiny, slugs and snails are having a heyday. They are getting into my flowers and hostas which is especially hurtful. I hate slugs so although I am certain they have some purpose in the big picture of our ecosystem, I want to get rid of them.
Lucky for us, the newest Backdoor Survival sponsor, Seed for Security, has some great tips for getting rid of slugs naturally. Not only that, in order to give me my monthly Buzz break, Nan is providing one lucky reader with a complete Seed for Security Super Survival Kit. I challenge you to find another survival seed kit like this on the Internet. But let me give you fair warning. When you visit the Seed for Security website you are going to absolutely drool over the cabbage plants.
So what about those slugs? Here are the 4 tips in the short video below.
- Hand pick when it is raining or damp
- Put down a wet newspaper trap
- During dry weather, surround plants with wood ash
- Drown them in DIY beer traps
Something not mentioned but what we did as kids was sprinkle the slugs with salt. Does anyone do that any more?
The Seed for Security Giveaway
Visit this page for a breakdown of what is included in this kit. The total value, with shipping, is $85.
The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
Note: Due to Customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to those with a mailing address in the United States.
Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways
This has been giveaway week at Backdoor Survival. Enter them all; they are all good ones.
With all giveaways, winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected. Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article. This usually happens on the Friday following the end of the giveaway.
Spark Naturals FREE SHIPPING on All Orders + FREE Birch Essential Oil
Spark Naturals has been having daily “Christmas in June” sales and my bad for not mentioning it sooner. Anyway, today, June 25th is worth noting. They are offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders plus, with an order of $45 or more, you will get a 5 ml bottle of Birch essential oil (value $14.50)
Of course you still get 10% off using code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.
What do you use Birch for? Among other things, “The Birch” formula for aches and pains which I wrote about in the article Birch Essential Oil for Arthritis, Muscle and Joint Pain.
If you are interested in learning more about herbs and essential oils, you might want to take a peek at this new offering from the folks at Ultimate Bundles.
There are a lot of great eBooks in this bundle but for me, the jewel is the eCourse “Herbs & Oils: Beyond the Basics” by Jessie Hawkins. This course is normally $197.00 and is included as part of the bundle. The combined value of everything is over $400 but you get it all for an amazing $29.97.
Here is a link to learn more: 2016 Herbs and Essential Oils Bundle
The Final Word
Yes, you may have noticed that there have been a lot of giveaways lately. As I tend to do, I got into a backlog situation and over committed both my time and the website calendar. I am doing my best to catch up and clear a path for a more sane review and giveaway calendar in the Fall.
Since this is my break day, I am going to keep this short. I have enjoyed reading about your 2016 prepping goals in the Nokero Solar Light giveaway and find some recurring themes. Clearly, our work is never done.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: I carry my portable survival kit whenever I leave the house. The nice thing about it is that it fits neatly in a pocket, day pack, glove box, or handbag. If you are interested in more details or need assistance building your own kit, see 8 Essential Items: The Perfect Portable Survival Kit.
In the meantime, here are some items you should consider carrying with you as you travel near and afar.
BIC Classic Lighters (12): A dozen full size BIC lighters at a bargain price with free shipping. Don’t forget to test them to ensure they work!
Paracord Lanyard: I prefer a paracord lanyard over a bracelet because I can use it’s clip to attach my whistle as well as other items that I may want to add from time to time such as a second flashlight, a Swiss army knife, pepper spray, or a flash drive (thumb drive).
Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V 6 LED Flashlight: I own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.
Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife: This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing.
Windstorm Safety Whistle: This particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds. I love my cheapie whistles but this is the one I would depend on for wilderness survival.
Lavender Essential Oil: This is the Swiss army knife of essential oils. My favorite lavender oil is from Spark Naturals. Enjoy a 10% discount with code BACKDOORSURVIVAL.
Rectangular Tin with Window: I found this tin that is very similar to mine on Amazon.com. Chances are you have something similar already that can be repurposed for free.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: Too large for a pocket kit but important to have with you is the Lifestraw Personal Water Filter. At only 2 ounces (in weight), the LifeStraw is suitable for a backpack or bug out bag. It is easy to use and requires no chemicals to remove a minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria. .
LifeStraw Go Water Bottle with Integrated 1000-Liter LifeStraw Filter: The Lifestraw Go integrates the fantastic LifeStraw Personal Water Filter with a sippy-type bottle. It is like getting two for the price of one. The included carabiner hook makes it easy to attach the LifeStraw Go to your pack.
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