Garden poetry

‘How much is that sluggy in the garden –

the one with the glutinous trail?

How much is that sluggy in the garden?

I do hope that sluggy will … push off!’


Sorry folks – the slug situation is now SO bad that I was driven to that!

They are vile.

They come in ‘small and curly’, ‘flat and orange with a flounced skirt’, ‘brown and petite’, ‘grey blob’ and ‘6 inch black and menacing’, and THEY ARE ALL REVOLTING!

Meanwhile, down on the veg plot, all that is left is:

plot 1: one small sage plant, a small straggly parsley and half a lettuce – oops, forgot the chives (which are doing well!)

plot 2:  1 pathetic and chewed broad bean plant and about three eaten radishes

plot 3: raspberry canes ready for next year + about 2 raspberries a day off old canes,  a few strawberry plants with a few unformed strawberries on them and the remains of a few ripe strawberries consumed by wood lice before they turned pink, AND a re-infestation of mint

plot 4: 5 out of 8 runner bean plants of which only 2 seem to understand that the direction they should be heading in is UP.

NOW do you understand why my poetry is SO pathetic?!

If anyone can tell me a good reason for slugs, please let me know. (The same goes for snails and woodlice)

Meanwhile, I’m off to attack the marjoram which has taken over a huge tract of garden.  Fancy a pizza?


About apthomas

I love books, reading, writing, baking, chocolate, painting, sewing, people and fairtrade - not necessarily in that order. I am a lazy gardener - who loves the garden, and a lazy housewife who likes the place to be warm and welcoming. I live in beautiful Somerset - but have had to leave the countryside at a little distance, having moved into town.
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4 Responses to Garden poetry

  1. Mary Robinson says:

    Slugs exist to feed other wildlife. There are so many slugs because we have killed so many hedgehogs.

    • apthomas says:

      Ah. And there was I taking it personally! We rarely see a hedgehog here partly because the badgers attack them. We had a toad who tucked into them last year (the slugs, not the hedgehogs) but I haven’t seen him this year.

  2. Susan in TX says:

    We only see the slugs after it rains or the sprinkler runs. But when they come out, they come out in droves. So sorry that they have decimated your garden. 😦

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