Ghastly gastropods

I like to consider myself a fairly passive person, there aren’t many people/things I do not like and I highly respect all earths creatures. However, there is something in our backyard that is turning me into a mortal enemy. With salt shaker in hand I will show no mercy for those cheeky buggers and with wicked pleasure I will watch them writhe in burning pain. The slug!

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These surly bastards are responsible for gnawing away at each and every stem base on our lovely tomato plants

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causing them to flop over and eventually shrivel up and die. A fate which those @#$% slugs now have coming!

With a determination to grow some beautiful tomatoes this summer, Frances and I made a trip up to the garden store this morning to purchase replacement plants. This time I will place some sandpaper discs around the base of each stem,  shake some Safer’s slug bait around in the garden and be more vigilant with my salt shaker. Maybe I can teach Frances to salt slugs the way my mother taught me!!

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6 responses to “Ghastly gastropods

  1. alas, i too, have resorted to salting the slugs. i tried plying them with beer – but ended up with drunk slugs weaving throughout the lettuces…. 🙂

  2. Auntie Sayer

    Ya, the beer! Remember Mom’s slug beer?

  3. Too funny! A first I was a little taken aback by the new Jessica – pro-torture. But the fact is I HATE Japanese Beetles. They’re pretty but they eat the leaves off my rose bushes and I do like to watch them suffer! So I guess we all have a teeney bit of cruelty in us.

  4. I too hate the slug – they are slimy, creepy, disgusting blobs which seem to provide no benefit to my garden. I found the Mother of all slugs tonight – it was enormous! At least 3″ long with leopard spots. Blech. I hate slugs almost as much as I hate earwigs. Now those are truly disgusting.

  5. ooo, i do kinda love slugs. i hate earwigs, am not overly crazy about ants… but slugs are just too neat. but i’m also not a gardener, and we also don’t have the wonderfully huge european slugs here in ontario (i dont actually ever see slugs here…but again maybe that’s because of the lack of gardening)….. i was however looking at the lee valley tool website and came across this copper mesh that is supposed to work to keep slugs away! and it’s pretty too……

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