Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

The answer

We all need a good feed now and then. If the slugs in my back garden respect the clearly marked boundaries I’ll turn a blind eye to the occasional raid. Share and share alike, my mum used to say. But there are protocols in place, don’t they realise?

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Tender young cabbage will be planted and slugs and snails will have the odd nibble, that’s normal. They’ll be sneaky about it, naturally, and they’ll wait until no one is looking. They probably hope their behaviour won’t be noticed.

However, there are clear signs to show those slugs they are taking what isn’t theirs; eggshells, beer traps, slug pellets and copper tape have all been carefully put in place to deter voracious pests and let them know there are limits to any feeding frenzy.

Those sneaky slugs won’t advertise the fact that they’ve taken what clearly wasn’t theirs. Come morning, when the seedlings are stripped and the consequences of their actions clear, those slugs are nowhere to be seen. They’ve partied at my expense then slipped away, which I have been willing to accept until now because they weren’t taking liberties.

But this garden wasn’t planted for their benefit.

The slugs in my back garden have had their slimy snouts in the trough of my raised beds for too long now. There are limits to my patience. There comes a time when decisive action is required.

Plenty of suggestions have been put forward on how to rid one’s garden of this particular pest, and I’m grateful for them all.

We shall see if any of them persuade the slugs to move on.

 

(And thank you to Berkshire Botanical Garden for the image)

10 comments on “The answer

  1. I sympathise. The frustration is enormous, intensified by the knowledge that while thieves of the other sort are at least subject to the law, slugs are forever immune to even a niggle of guilt.

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  2. debhuntwasinbrokenhill
    July 31, 2015

    Yes, some slugs don’t understand the meaning of guilt, they help themselves without a moment’s hesitation, then wonder why people dislike them.

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  3. bkpyett
    July 31, 2015

    How totally frustrating, Deb. On Gardening Australia, they gave a recipe for caterpillars, I don’t suppose that’s any help?
    1 teasp. molasses
    1 litre warm water
    1 teasp. detergent. Mix and spray!

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    • debhuntwasinbrokenhill
      July 31, 2015

      Ah yes! Thank you Barbara, I watched that episode and carefully made a note of the recipe, which will be mixed and applied this weekend… here’s hoping 🙂

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  4. wendylockyer
    July 31, 2015

    Battle lines drawn, strategies in place and a stand has been taken. Good luck sis! Let me know what works. 😀

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  5. mrdjangozazou
    July 31, 2015

    Shoot the blighters!

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    • debhuntwasinbrokenhill
      August 1, 2015

      Thanks Django, it might have come to that but I’ve just discovered that copper tape works a treat 🙂

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  6. candidkay
    August 3, 2015

    Ugh! You’re much more tolerant than I am:). We don’t struggle with slugs, but rather with grubs. Can’t stand any of them!

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  7. debhuntwasinbrokenhill
    August 4, 2015

    Slugs to the right of me, slugs to the left of me and curl grubs underneath me, sometimes I wonder why I bother. Then the broad beans flower and I fall in love with growing things all over again. 🙂

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I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.

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