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Growing like a weed


Our garden is going crazy! I didn't pick for 2 days because the ridiculous heat (100+) kept me inside, or in air conditioned locations as much as possible. So today I went out this morning, and lo and behold, all the beans got too big, and I discovered two ENORMOUS zucchinis.


This is our first year really growing a garden, and it is so exciting! We have corn, zucchinis, cucumbers, onions, peppers, tomatoes, snap peas, bush beans, okra, raspberries, strawberries, and herbs in our 8' by 8' beds (we have two).

The most frustrating thing has been dealing with the slugs who like to feast on our delicious crops. Slug tracks on the plants really grosses me out, and even worse is actually touching a slug or snail when reaching in to grab a veggie. Plus, they eat the stuff we want for ourselves! They are the competition. Our solution, for now, is to put out dishes full of cheap bear, slug swimming pools for lush slugs. The slugs climb in, get stuck, and drown. Tossing out the slug corpses is almost the grossest thing ever. The only thing worse is tossing out mushed, stinky, decomposed slug corpses after two days in the heat, I discovered today. But I will not give in - we must triumph! Next year, we hope to rebuild our raised beds with taller, less rotten boards and plan to put a strip of copper around the top, which I've read is a good slug deterrent. For now, I guess I'll have to continue to deal with the drowned slugs if I want my crops to come through without being consumed by the disgusting little beasts.

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  1. Wow, you are growing a lot of stuff! This is my first year doing a garden too and I was not very ambitious. So, have you lost much of your garden to the competitors?

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  2. The slugs are definitely losing this battle.

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