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Gray Garden Slug found beneath a rotten planter. Slugs like to hide during the day under leaves, wood, or even mulch. Cheryl Moorehead, Bugwood.org

Got Slugs?

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Hammerhead Worm (Bipalium kewense) Picture from Matt Bertone NCSU

Aliens Among Us?

Some things that you see in horticulture just don’t seem natural…sometimes they almost seem like they are alien! Have you …

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