Slug Wars

After a slow start to the year, things are finally growing on the plot. The question is, who are they growing for?

French beans, runner beans, borlotti beans, peas, kales, and brussels sprouts are all getting slaughtered by slugs well before the stage where they might actually produce a crop. The wet weather, which the slugs love, seems to be making things worse than usual.

Plan A was to sow enough seeds that even after the slugs had had their share of the seedlings, there’d still be enough left to grow on and feed us in the months to come. That hasn’t worked.

Plan B was to get the seedlings started at home, and then plant them out when they were big and strong enough to take on the slugs and make a fair fight of it. Except for a few plants that have come through battle-scarred but still viable, that hasn’t worked either.

We’re currently on Plan C, which involves liberal scatterings of organic slug pellets. If that doesn’t work, then we’ll have put a lot of time and effort into growing slug food this year, which will presumably mean an even larger population of slugs next year.

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