Last year, I thought I had found a way of stopping slugs from chomping their way through my plants. I had seen that slugs and snails didn’t eat stinging nettles so I decided to make up a liquid from lots of stinging nettles and water. Unfortunately, PIL, being unaware of my experiment, threw the resultant liquid away. She then absolutely forbade me from using hostas ( a particular favourite of slugs) as the target plants as she is very fond of them. Hostas that is, not slugs.
So this year I tried again without saying a word to PIL. I made up the liquor from fresh stinging nettles and then soaked a couple of hostas in the special, organic liquid. I did this just before we went away on holiday. We returned the other week and the results were immediately apparent.
Boy, is PIL ticked off or what? I am definitely in the dog house now.
Back to the drawing board.
Have a bloody marvellous day.
I’ve just noticed. This is my 100th post! Congratulations to me then.
More Dick soon.
Before we all went on holiday, I had restarted making my experimental slug deterrent. Unfortunately, as I hadn’t said anything to PIL about it, she found what she believed to be a bucket of gooey rain water in the garden and poured it away. Back to the beginning again.
What with work, stuff to do around the house and a thousand other tasks that I hadn’t done to sort out before we went away, I didn’t get round to carrying out the experiment. We’re back now, the catch up at work and home has been caught so now it is time for my experiment. Or so I thought. My intention was to grow some plain green hostas as a kind of sacrificial goat. Slugs absolutely love eating hostas so it was an ideal plant to see if my slug deterrent worked. We have a number of hostas dotted around the garden that we grow in pots to avoid serious slug damage. They are one of PILs favourite plants.
The three that I had grown on had come along nicely and looked like they would make an excellent meal for a slug or several. I planned to plant one in the garden uncoated with deterrent, another lightly sprayed and the final one soaked in deterrent. I would plant them about 18 inches apart.
I came home the other night ready to start my testing the following day to find my sacrificial hostas in one pot outside the front door.
“Er excuse me. Why are those hostas outside the front door?” I asked PIL.
“Don’t they look lovely there? Thanks ever so much for growing them for me.”
“But, but, but…….” I stammered.
“When did you develop a stutter. Good God man, you really are going to the dogs.”
“I was going to use them for my slug deterrent test.” I managed to say knowing that I was on a loosing wicket here.
“Well you can forget that sunshine. Find something else. I like them and they are staying put.”
Oh bollocks! Looks like SDG and I will have to wait a while longer before we make our fortunes. Sorry about that.
Have a smashing day.
More Dick soon.
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