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ike

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If I watered my strawberry plants with a sugar solution, will they taste sweeter? (well it does say 'off-topic' doesn't it?).
 

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Apart from attracting pests like slugs and aphids, I should think the water will evaporate, the sugar will crystallise, clogging the leaves and preventing transpiration and the plants will die a slow, horrible death, screaming faintly for a while.
 

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my grandpa used to say that good manure made them sweeter...........
just make sure you wash them before you eat them..... :D
 

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I'd do it scientifically - honest! You know, just water them around the base and rig a small electric slug fence off a PP3.
 

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9V might be overkill to a slug
 

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Hi Tony

Get a PP3 battery and put your tongue on the two terminals and you will be surprised by the power that is in a PP3 battery. :shock:

All the best

John
 

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From a slugs eye perspective, a PP3 battery would look a pretty damn big piece of kit with fence wire as thick as scaffold tube. A slug should be worried.
 

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I've never thought of slugs as the worrying type before. :?

Isn't copper s'posed to be very good for anti-slug protection? Maybe they short themselves out without the aid of a battery or something... :shock:

Cheers, Alf
 

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Remember, slugs and 'orrible things are just what hedgehogs need to live on, so you could maybe just accept the slugs may nibble the odd plant, but you'll be helping a little hedgehog somewhere? :roll: :roll: 8)

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Now, there a point. I may have to go and experiment in my secret laboratory. Anyway, if the slug fence doesn't work, I wonder how sweet the slugs.... no, no don't even think about it! Actually, my niece when about 3, used to snack on them regularly and it clearly did no harm - well..erm.. not that I'll ever no any different that is. :shock:
 
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Hi Tony

Get a PP3 battery and put your tongue on the two terminals and you will be surprised by the power that is in a PP3 battery. :shock:

All the best

John
How can you be sure the slugs will put their tongue across the terminals :wink:
Shock is all to do with current flow until the voltage becomes huge and then you will be fried regardless.

Ohms law (V=I*R) determines the current through a body at DC and for a human 30mA or so is potentially fatal at 240V. At 9va a human cannot even feel the current flow.

I have no idea about the current that a slug could sustain but doubt that 9V will do much - although the lovely slime might well reduce their resistance and thus increase current flow.
I shall of course torture a slug later with a PP3 in the interests of science as they keep eating my tomatos and lettuces.

Cheers

Tony

Edited for spelling as I can't type very well
 

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Ooh..errr, does oyur reistnac realyy make a differencee :wink:
 
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This is what I like about this forum, where else can you get such a diverse range of subjects for discussion like - the relative merits of the resistance (no pun intended :D ) of slugs to a PP3 battery !

anyway, wouldn't slugs be self earthing so low to the ground :)
 

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Well, if this topic achieved nothing else, it lightened an otherwise tedious afternoon at work :D Thanks too all for the responses!.
 
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