The rainbows of late have come with a price tag…Yup, rain.
Rain is wonderful! Rain is essential. Rain also causes slugs to smile. Remember that old song “oh I love a rainy night’?” I have it on insider information that it was composed by, none other than a slug. It’s true, go ahead and google it.
In years past we’ve done everything from physically picking up the slugs and dropping them into buckets of salted water, putting out bait boards and cleaning them up every morning, a chore that soon lost all appeal to even the heartiest gardener in the lot…provoking a chorus of let them eat whatever they want. Troughs of beer strategically placed around the garden. Our local mini mart began to think we’d succumbed to some demoralizing alcoholic state in which we could only buy the cheapest beer.
This year things are different. This year we have purchased heavy artillery, so to speak. This year we have bitten the (expensive, true) bullet of buying slug bait.
This product is organic. It is iron phosphate, a naturally occurring component of soil. My husband went out to the garden the other evening to sprinkle some around and came back in fairly giddy. “They are taking the bait like crazy.” he announced. At 20 bucks for a container, it is not cheap, but our hope is that by using it early we can kill off a large percentage of slugs. Thereby leaving the garden with a great deal fewer mouths to feed. So far, so good. I harvested lettuce yesterday and there were no slugs at all mixed in with my leaves…a first.
Today the sun shines!! Hip Hip Hooray. Planting is on the menu. I’ll also be seeding out the fall crops. Gardening is like the fashion industry in that one must be at least a season ahead of the game. More on the fall crops later.