Sunday, October 22, 2006
Getting ready for the slug patrol.
This beautiful mild weather has led to a speedy increase in the number of slugs in the garden - there are so many that they have even stopped hiding - or perhaps all the hiding places are already full - and seedlings are being munched off at the ground in daylight.
When I had a smaller garden I used to go around with a torch and then stamp on the bodies but here it just isn't practical - here we need to get ducks. We had ducks a year or so ago but they were eaten by a fox and are a great miss. They tootled around as a little group and ate up all the slugs without doing as much damage as the chickens.
Today Euan began to make a new duckhouse out of part of Drymen Panto group's old stage, some old sweetpea frames and some corrugated iron donated by Jane and Craig. It is going really well and, fingers crossed, we may well have ducks by the weekend.