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You know those diagrams in science textbooks that show the water cycle? Water evaporates from the sea and cools as it rises over the land until it condenses into clouds. Well that's where I live - where the clouds are born. It's very beautiful here, and it's also very damp. I don't yet know what I'll be writing about here. I had a blog a few years ago called, "Growing Things and Making Things," and there will be some continuity with that, but my life has moved on since then. I'm at a stage of reflection and re-evaluation - you could call it a mid life crisis - and this blog will reflect that. There'll be posts about things I'm doing - foraging, cooking, crafts, daft experiments (which may overlap with any or all of the other three) - posts about my thoughts on life, photos of beautiful Welsh scenery, maybe some Welsh language, and probably a bit of politics. Because it's important.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Slug trap update

This is what I found when I went out to check the slug traps this morning:

Note the complete absence of slugs in the trap. Note the trail of slime up the inside of the trap. Note the happy slug sitting outside the trap, contentedly drinking the beer that is drawn up the trail of slime.


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    1. Yes it is (but preferable to stepping on one in socks). Such is the life of a gardener.

  2. So...slug traps not that effective then!

  3. You need to bury the jar in the ground almost up to it's neck then shelter it a little bit so no rain water gets in. They also seem to like cheap cola and cider more than beer :)

    1. Thanks for the tips, but I can't see any of those measures making any difference against a slug that's capable of getting in, making a trail, getting out again and using the trail to drink the beer :(

  4. Rachel I think the best defense I have against slugs is our lovely (all named after Harry Potter Characters) ex-battery hens. They are fantastic, turn slugs into eggs (which you can then sell) and have wicked personalities. They really are the best defense out there, and completely natural/organic :-) This is a lovely blog by the way, I think I may have to become a reader if that is okay? Vikki

    1. Hi Vikki,
      I'm put off chicken keeping by the need to protect chickens from foxes and veg from chickens. However, a friend said to me just yesterday that I'm welcome to take our slugs round to her place and feed them to her ducks. I'd been a bit nervous of asking people about this, as I assume everyone round here has more than enough slugs of their own. She thinks I'm mad wanting to go to the trouble of collecting them up and taking them round.
      Thank you for nice comments about the blog, and please do become a reader - you are very welcome :-)


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