A real gardener would never...
Leave a slug on a plant?!
Snail eating Fatsia japonica
I thought this snail on the bright green leaves of my Japanese Aralia looked very nice this morning. Does leaving him on there to munch away cast my gardening credentials (what credentials I hear you cry) in doubt?
The thing I thought strange was that when I went out of the house I saw the slug crawling up the leaf; when I came back in a minute later it was eating. Notice how much of the leaf has been eaten – the slug returned to a part of the leaf that had already been started on, I wonder why?
A minutes’ meal, I think not
Anyway, I’m not one for killing things just for the sake of it and kinda think everything in its place, so I quite like that the slug could get his fill on my Fatsia. I’ve tried to avoid killing most things, even on my veg (I’ll admit I lost patience with the caterpillars though).
I think I have a plant ranking; some which creepy crawlies are welcome to munch and others which I’ll protect.
- 3 Jul, 2008
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