Flowers and Slugs

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Jim Rohn said once that you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.  I don’t want to be denigrating, but I think that’s a load of bunk.  I don’t dismiss that people have an affect on you over time, that’s why some people are bad influences.  However, if I was the average of the five people I spent the most time with, I’d like lumpia and Italian food WAY more than I already do, and frankly, that’s not healthy for anyone.  

Here’s what I believe:  We’re all gardeners, and we have this tiny little plot of land that we get to cultivate over the course of our entire lives.  We need to take care of it, or it’s just gonna be barren at the end, and frankly, at the end of it all I’d rather have some nice lillies there for someone to take home with them and add to their own garden.  Some of us have flowers, some of us have weeds occasionally that we need to take out when times are a bit harder and we forget who we are, but the thing we need to watch for are the slugs.  

Slugs destroy everything.  They eat flowers when you’re not looking, and most of the time we don’t even want to go near them because HELLO?  SLUGS.  EWW.  

We tend to want to leave them be and hope they go away on their own, but they don’t because you’ve got such nice flowers, and if we don’t do something, they’re gonna be all chewed up and mangled. 

Are you going to let all that work on your garden go to waste?  

Gardeners will tell you that slugs don’t like anything sharp, like sharp sand or diatomaceous earth, eggshells or oyster shells.  If they crawl over it, they’re likely to cut themselves, dry out and die.  You’re laying obstacles in their path, cutting off access to your garden, and making it a lot harder to get to your flowers.

Slugs also don’t like sunlight, they prefer the dark.  If you expose them to bright sunlight, it discourages them from hanging around and they leave.  Plus, if you plant your flowers farther apart and leave a lot of  bright sunlight between them, not only will you see the slugs, but other visitors to your garden will see them.  Sometimes the best defense against slugs are fellow gardeners who care just as much about saving their own flowers as you do about saving yours.  

Slugs don’t like dry ground, so the best thing to do is to cultivate it frequently.  Damp ground is ground that’s sat there a while and soaked up rain and dew and your watering it, and needs to be turned over to show a different and drier side on the surface.  Slugs don’t like change.  it discourages them.  

So to recap, you need to limit the slugs access to your garden, you need to let a lot of bright light in so everyone can see the slugs if they’re hanging around, and you need to cultivate your soil on the regular so that the slugs don’t have any wet old ground to lay on.  

Enjoy your flowers.  You’ll have earned them.

Roley