Friday, June 13
Mrs Phantom's Garden Corner...
Good evening, and welcome to the first in an occasional series. I've left the Phantom in the kitchen, and have come into my domain.
I won't pretend to be an exceptional gardener; our garden is still very much a work in progress. But it is a place of sanctuary, a place to lose oneself mentally, if not physically...
Our great friend the Legal Eagle asked what she could do to counter the slugs and snails that have been happily munching through her Lupins.
As usual in life, there are no perfect solutions to the problems these irritating molluscs create. (The slugs I mean, not the Legal Eagle and her Beau). But at Phantom Towers we have come up with a couple of good techniques for reducing the damage they cause.
The stuff in the box is something we have tried for the first time this year. It's an absorbent ceramic in a gravel-like form.
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It works by the fact that it is both very rough and highly absorbent. It doesn't kill the critturs, but they sure as heck don't like going over it. I guess it's a sort of commercial version of the old idea of putting down crushed eggshells.
You simply surround you vulnerable seedlings and plants...
In this case Mangetout Peas. So far we haven't lost one..
And here it's protecting a young Hosta...
The other weapon in our war was also featured in the photo above. Let's zoom in..
Yup! It's the trowel. If you look carefully you will see the lower edge is serrated. That's for cutting the slugs in half... Snails can be picked up by hand, or you can use the extra leverage provided by flipping the snails on the trowel to make sure they travel into the next garden but one. Or you can just smash the little B****RS with the flat bit.
I'm afraid I didn't get the name "She Who Gardens At Night" by pruning in the dark. You go out with a torch and a trowel, and exact pro-active revenge on the slugs and snails who would turn your Hostas into lacework and your salads into breakfast.
Sorry for any sensitive folk, but the Gardening Phantom has her priorities worked out....