Think Fresh Or Lose The Plot

Past all obstacle placed in their way– copper pipes, beer traps, sawdust, organic pellets, crushed egg shells, dried seaweed–slugs and snails deserve much credit for their maneuvering abilities through the land mined vegetable plot. Not all make it to their ultimate goal of a gourmet meal, but enough do. Therefore, viewing border plants as sacrificial has become routine and we grow extra just to feed the walking stomachs–they are for the most part a muscular foot, and the name ‘gastropod’ literally means stomach foot.


don’t think that slow means

not able to reach your goals,

fresh perspective is helpful

Self-doubt can be as great an obstacle as any that is external.  Remember, there’s more than one way to get to where you want to go.  Sometimes reversing out and looking for new ways to approach a goal, or simply being open to instinct rather than logic, presents possibilities unexpected. Believe in yourself and your dreams and turn mountains into molehills!

Want to learn more about slugs and snails?  Look here…the anatomy of the air-breathing land snail is quite fascinating and intricate.

This weeks photography word is ‘wisdom’ and this week’s Haiku words are ‘think and fresh’.

Want to join in the weekly photography and Haiku poetry challenge?  Visit Jamie here for info about the photography challenge and Ronovan here for info about the poetry challenge.  Have a happy Sunday one and all!  Melissa Xx


  1. I love the way your Haiku could apply to so many situations.
    Those pesky molluscs! I have tried all those methods to prevent my plants being devoured. I used to pay my kids per sand-castle bucketful of slugs and snails and then we released them on local moorland. I don’t like to use pellets or to kill them, but nowadays I’m afraid I do resort to those more conventional methods around special plants, as I no longer have any resident helpers in need of pocket money!

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    • Glad you see it that way Sandra as I intentionally tried not to be specific…I meant human nature as much as garden nature.
      It can be a real dilemma. We’ve tried many methods. The organic pellets aren’t completely effective but they are the most practical with our large space and we can’t afford to lose our crops. Had dreams of the chickens and ducks being better helpers in this area, but they were as damaging, especially to larger crops who were no longer threatened by the slugs and snails. Getting rid of one problem created another!


  2. Oh those little beasts…….yes, we do have to give them credit for their long slow persistence. We have put out ‘ beer bait’, small cans filled with beer that the slugs crawl into. later we feed these to the chickens who think they are getting something really special…..marinated escargot! Always a bit of a strategy involved….growing food and trying to find organic ways to protect it from others who very much like to nibble their way through our efforts. It’s been lovely here back in your home state….perfect Maine weather, rain coming but much needed! best to you all!

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    • I do like the idea of them passing drunk and happy, unaware of their fate. And such a tasty treat for the chickens. Wish I could say the same about our weather, seems to be colder each day, not warmer! Enjoy your Sunday. Xx

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    • Yes, you read between the lines as I intended– it could apply to so many people as well. Sometimes a fresh perspective opens up new paths of opportunity. Obstacles can seem insurmountable at times, especially when there are so many. 🙂

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      • Murtagh's Meadow says:

        Mostly I try and remove the slugs and feed them to the ducks, or chop them in half and return them to the soil:( In the winter we keep the ducks in the main veg plot and they do pretty good job. We don’t have those big snails and the smaller ones are not too plentiful. I use the organic slug pellets when needs must. In the new flower bed I’m relying on sand and gravel and so far so good. But it’s a constant battle particularly in wet years like this!

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