Monday, March 19, 2012


One of the downsides of low tunnels and cold frames is that they make great homes for slugs.  Slugs wake up when soil temps rise in the spring, and eat the youngest, tenderest morsels they can find.  They like cool spring temperatures and moisture.  Can you imagine a more perfect environment than a low tunnel packed with young seedlings?  Even better, all the plastic pots make great things to hide under during the day, and the water dripping from the plastic in the morning wets and ruins the slug-stopping pellets I use elsewhere in the garden.

Slug trails inside the low tunnel plastic

The one good thing I can say about the slimy, yucky, broccoli-destroying little buggers is that they do make pretty, lacy patterns in the condensation on the inside of the plastic.  I think water doesn't condense as easily on the slime trails they leave during the night.

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