Friday, 3 October 2014

Autumnal Glory - Part Two

Forgive me while I revel a while. A fabulous summer, my home grown organic compost and (this is so hard to say), the intervention of slug pellets (we are talking a seriously wet climate here), has yielded this:

Squash, aubergine, sweetcorn and green peppers

The squash is called Uchiki Kuri

The peppers taste just like padrons if dry fried and sprinkled with salt!

I am a combination of pleased, surprised and delighted. I've always tried growing the odd vegetable or two, but despite my best attempts at nature friendly slug control (holly leaves, wood ash, manual removal at night), the slugs have always beaten me and I have grown despondent, choosing to only attempt plants I know to be slug resistant. I haven't yet tried beer traps and might give them a go next year. What I'd really like to try is the biodynamic hocus pocus method of slug control. You round up all the slugs you can find, burn them (!!!!) and make a copper and quartz crystal device, within which you place a small vial of burnt slugs (I am sure there is more to it than this). The copper device sends out vibrations throughout the land warning all slugs away from your garden. Unfortunately I no longer have the book, The Secrets of The Soil by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, within which are the bone fide (and complete) instructions, but if I get my hands on another copy, I'll be sure to give it a whirl. 

Anyway, 'tis done, the harvest is in, I can hardly believe it. 

Papillon  X

P.S. If anyone lives within the vicinity of myself and my slugs who believes they know of non hedgehog caning (British Generation X colloquialism) methods, do so get in touch and lend me  your expertise!

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