Ding Dong the Slug is Gone!

May 3, 2011*


My new morning routine had become: Step on the door mat, look in the fern pot and pick up the paper.

“Well, well, well, no slug,”  I said out loud.  The critter had finally moved on.  I couldn’t have been happier.

The fern pot sans slug!

I drove to the nursery to buy flowers for the fern pot before the pest returned.

After an hour of wandering the aisles examining hundreds of flowers, I decided upon a variety of happy-faced pansies.

Pansies for the fern pot

I grabbed a six-pack and dashed to the cashier. “Do you know if pansies are slug-proof?” I asked her.

She looked at me and shrugged. Then pointed to a yellow box of slug poison. Now, I don’t want to sound like one of those people who complains and does nothing to correct a situation, but I draw the line at killing innocent slugs.  I mean our house was built on their land. They were there first. There had to be a better way.

“I don’t want to use poison in my garden,” I said and handed her my six-pack. “Would you hold these for me? I’m going home to google slug-safe plants.”

At t home, I wondered if six pansies might be too many — the ferns required space to grow and thrive. Perhaps I should buy only three plants.  I kneeled by the pot to size up the dirt space.

“Oh, crap!”  The tentacled-one had returned.

The slug thwarted my flower planting.

I retreated to my laptop and googled “plants that slugs won’t eat.”


What the Slug Says!


I got home late this morning – too much fun with the gang last night.  I arrived home and was ready to go to bed when Red-top Pinky emerged from its rock and snatched my newspaper before I could read it.  I darted behind the pot and waited for the evil one to crawl away.

Me hiding behind my pot.

The view from behind the pot. (I'm on the right.)

A few minutes later a big white monster ate the pinky and rolled down the street. I dragged myself into bed and slept for what felt like days.

*Note: will post until we catch up to current date then will post daily slug pot report – it gets better. )


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