The rain has introduced out the predators. Snails beheading the tagetes. Why do they notably love them a lot? And why gained’t they share?
The beans and peas, too, decapitated. Eaten alive. Slugs mendacity in wait in damp, darkish locations, like at secondary faculty. The brute bullies of the gardening world.
I attempt to be affected person. I’m reconciled to sharing. However the six 6am snails on the bean poles is just too many. They’re murdering my infants. The younger I’ve grown from seed.
Really, gastropods deliver out the worst in me. Some I throw far over the wall into the woods. Some (look away now if you’re squeamish) I stab with a trowel.
I can solely take a lot plant homicide within the early morning. Buddhism, biodynamics, goes out the window. That is Outdated Testomony guidelines.
I clear house across the base of the poles. We’ve got a couple of spare crops within the greenhouse for emergencies. I liberally dose the encircling soil with seaweed feed. Like spinach for Popeye, I hope.
However the slimy enemy gained’t hear. They don’t intend to co-exist. They lurk within the grass on the close by paths. Within the picket dividing partitions. Ready. Loitering with intent. The genocidal bean burglars.
I don’t inform Rose. She is delicate, a correct human being.
However it’s them or us, I inform myself. The invertebrate invaders should be repelled. I wait till I concern we’re on the dropping facet then replenish with weaponry. Someway I really feel I’ve let myself down.
However out come the natural slug pellets. The brilliant-blue beads of disgrace. There isn’t any hiding it now. Scattered thinly among the many surviving tagetes, within the battered brassicas, on the base of the climbing peas and beans.
I truthfully want it was in any other case. However that is warfare and I have to even the chances.
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