Slug Watch – last for four days

Well, my last night patrol in the garden was uneventful. No slugs and this morning no damage, not even from the mouse, which I decided not to trap after all. Its raining heavily this morning – why am I going to Glastonbury?! Ah well, the die is cast.

Slugs, mice and pea moths

I’ve made up a new word: Slugduggery. Noun: to use one’s guile against garden molluscs. I’ve been wondering what to call the underhand unscrupulous but necessary pursuit of gastropods and now I know. Tomorrow I’m off to Glastonbury so my slugduggery will have to be kept on hold. As I leave I’m also conscious that…

Welcome number 10,000 your time is now

Someone visiting tonight will be visitor number 10,000 to the blog. Some of you may have been looking for US astronaut Alan Shepard but I’m going to claim you for my own! I may not have shot a golf ball round the moon but I did grow some very nice spinach. Please take a few…

Quick slug watch update

Nothing particularly new. Went up to the garden and removed about fifteen slugs and snails from different parts of the garden. The heavy rain has definitely made conditions more hospitable for the slugs. There were more slugs and snails on the comfrey but it doesn’t do a total job. It was about one o’clock in…

Slug Watch takes ‘interesting’ turn

Mmh. Be careful what you wish for. I asked for rain. I asked for slugs. I asked for snails. I got them all. Last night was interesting. It was clear and cold, and droplets of water clinged to the edges and tips of leaves like pearls pinned to a forest tapestry. The tips of the…

Glastonbury Gig Confirmed

Unlikely as it might sound to some people there’s a big gardening presence at Glastonbury and this year I’m going to be doing at least one composting workshop and a reading from my book Curious Incidents in the Garden at Night-time. Glastonbury boasts a permanent forest garden in the Green Fields, which has grown more…

Slug Watch: Waiting for the midnight hour

Well I didn’t quite make it to midnight but I’ve just seen a sight to gladden any gardeners’ heart. Two frogs crawling around my lettuce patch. There’s something very reassuring about watching an amphibian push through a line of rocket leaves. And the fact that there are loads of slugs eating comfrey but none eating…

Theatre, environment and blogging

Here’s a couple of links to follow up. I’ve found out about Jane Perrone’s blog this week. It’s very useful with loads of good information and many many links to other blogs and lots of interesting internet sites. I’ve also been finding out lots about a new arts project in London called Look Both Ways….

Slug Watch: The rain cometh

Split splat. It never rains but it pours. Never has the phrase seemed more apt than now. We haven’t had hardly a drop for two weeks and now the met office have issued a severe weather warning for Snowdonia National Park, saying were going to get a months rain in a day. I’m on the…

Slug Watch: Nothing happened

I hesitate to write this blog because it is essentially boring. The comfrey seems to be working because there isn’t any slug damage to report. So that’s that. I want some lone slug renegade to come forward and challenge my theory but it doesn’t seem to be happening. They all seem to be happy eating…