It has been extremely cold the past couple of days. I guess that is probably a bit of an exaggeration, temperatures in the 60’s are not all that cold. It certainly felt that way though, especially in the summer months! I think that the cool off and rain did help my garden though – the rain especially. It has been so incredibly dry here.
There is a lot of flowering going on in my garden right now, which is extremely exciting. I am starting to see the fruits of my labor in more lettuce and kale harvested, as well as radishes. My Swiss Chard looks like it is about ready to be picked, and I may plant some peas in its place, although perhaps not this week since it is supposed to be so hot, and then the peas will not actually germinate.
My pie pumpkin plant seems to grow daily, and it has been hit by cucumber beetles. My hope is that the plant is established enough so that the cucumber beetles will not be a huge issue. There were a few last week, completely manageable with my bug squishing skills, however, this week they are overtaking the garden…again. And not just in my pie pumpkins, also in my zucchini and cucumbers. I haven’t seen any stink bugs yet, but perhaps they will be next.
With all the cold and rain, the one thing that did appear in my garden which I have never had a problem with in the past – slugs. Everywhere. They are literally everywhere. In all of my flowers, on the leaves, on the stalks of the plants. While I may not mind squishing cucumber beetles, or drowning stink bugs in soapy water, touching slugs is something entirely different to me. They are disgusting. So, my hope is that with the very hot weather we have this week, they will disappear. I am not sure how likely that is.
All of the bugs that show up in the garden can be a real downer a lot of the time. Also, when I see this little guy still hanging around my garden – yes, another woodchuck – it drives me batty! However, it does strengthen my case for getting chicks again next spring, if we can just figure out how to protect them from the family of fox down the street.
With all the craziness of bugs, and animals and other garden pests, you would think I am out in the middle of nowhere growing my garden, nope. I live in town, but I swear my street is its own little ecosystem consisting of so much wildlife I never have to leave this little city.
Any of you more experienced gardeners, what can I do about slugs – besides picking them off?