Thursday, July 02, 2009

A Sluggish Photo

For those who deny that we have slugs up here in the north, here is the proof to the contrary. I know gardeners who swear they've never seen a slug around here, and others that complain of slugs eating their plants. I personally have never noticed any slug damage on my plants. I am one of those fortunate gardeners who has some lovely hostas and no problems with slugs treating them like a salad bar.
Slug in my La Ronge garden:

Actually, this pale brown, approximately 2.5 cm long slug was making his slimy little track across the the alpine garden. This slug doesn't really bother me, when I think back to the monstrous plant-chomping slug-terrors that live in the Vancouver area. You nearly need to stop your car to let them cross the road (okay, so I exaggerate a bit). We are having quite a bit of rain recently, which the slug probably likes. Today, we had thunderstorms with hail. Of course, I immediately ran to check on the potted tomatoes on the front deck. The well-being of the house and vehicles was of secondary importance.

5 comments:

GardenJoy4Me said...

I have to laugh at your comment on having to stop the car for a slug crossing because they are so BIG .. they ARE that big from what I remember ! .. another oddity while we lived on Vancouver Island were "gooy-ducks" .. talk about eeeuuuuwwww !!! LOL

easygardener said...

3o years ago when we moved here I rarely saw a slug (only snails). Now they are about equal in numbers. That slug of yours could be an advanced scout....watch out!

Sigrun said...

Nasty littly critters. Like finding them curled up inside a hole in a carrot, or a strawberry (for years I thought the holes in strawberries were from birds--till I found the real culprits. I bought slug traps (still sitting in the basement three years later) and haven't seen a slug since.

guild-rez said...

Last year I discovered a tiger slug in our garden and this year again. Please take a look at my blog. Theu are almost 10" long and very slimy.
Gisela

Scott said...

I discovered slugs in our garden in Melfort this year. I have never heard of or seen a slug in this area until this year. Now I go on slug patrol each morning and generally find around ten each time. For a look see http://scottland.posterous.com/slugs-in-our-garden

I found a salamander a few days ago (I hope it's eating lots of slugs). I was happy to find the salamander as I was worried they were disappearing as I haven't seen one for years.