As I've mentioned before, it was the wettest May on record last month with more than 9 inches of rain. We have inadvertently discovered the following tried and true garden formula.
Recipe for an Ultra-Slugerific-Slugtastic Slugfest:
- 9 inches of rain
- Thick mulch
- A large serving of tasty young edible plants
Sprinkle garden with plants. Apply mulch generously. Gradually add rain and let sit. Viola!
Thanks to our perfect execution of this recipe, we have found ourselves fighting a war on slugs that seems almost as futile as the war on drugs. My usual slug-fighting weapon, Sluggo, an organic slug-killing product, has proved insufficient.
So this evening we've pulled back our beloved mulch (to which I am deeply philosophically attached and the absence of which pains me as I watch the sun dry and leach the soil), applied a boatload of Sluggo, and prepared to host a massive Slug Beerfest tonight. Christopher sacrificed his last three Pabst Blue Ribbons to create a buffet of beer saucers for the slugs. And now we wait.
Anyone who thinks growing vegetables, even organically, doesn't involve killing things should come visit our garden this month. Let the garden pest hunting season officially begin.
Hugs not Slugs!
*An homage to one of my favorite The Onion news stories of all time: Drugs Win Drug War