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.
“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.