Here we are at July 15th already – we’re in Galway Bay and it hasn’t rained for two whole weeks. If you’ve never been to Galway you won’t know how amazing that is but for those of us who live here it feels like a glorious sunny dream.
The weather has been dry and hot and the soil is dry and hot. Needless to say the primary job in the garden is now to water the dry and sandy soil. Perhaps this dry soil is the reason for the absence of the usual slug gang in my raised beds?
Last time I posted on this subject I did say I was going to try egg shells and I duly did. I crumbled them into raised bed number 1. There is no sign of a slug attack there but neither is any evidence (slug-slime) of any slugs creeping around the bed either. I can’t honesty say that eggshells did the trick because to tell the truth we don’t eat many eggs so we didn’t have enough shells to do the other raised beds and none of the other three have slugs or evidence of them either. What does this mean? Is there a slug shortage? Has the dry weather forced them to go elsewhere in search of food? Are they hiding behind the rocks like a small army waiting to march out one dark night and munch my whole crop of peas?
We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime I bought some organic pellets from a stall at Claregalway garden festival after having a really lovely day out there last week. I sprinkled a few of them across all four beds – so fingers crossed.