After finding three batches of edamame seedlings eaten up, I informed myself about slugs. Rule number one: they come out at night. If you see them, they are easy to collect and dispose of. And given the numbers I found after dark, I am actually surprised that there is any green leaf left at all in the garden (luckily, they don’t seem to be fond of many things I am growing). So I guess, part of my gardening activities will take place at night for a while.
We’ve had the aphid invasion and the grub evasion, now we have the slug invasion. How they got here, I don’t know. But they sure multiplied. I guess I don’t really have an ecological balance here on the terrace. The natural predators of slugs, such as toads and ducks, are somehow missing. (Someone please spread word to the ducks in Ueno Park to stop by here for a snack!)
On a brighter note, the snap dragons are now exploding in color, and the sweet peas are in bloom. Their scent is amazing, I was not promised too much. They also grew really tall and do a great job of covering up the lattice.
I am carefully watching my soramame which seem on the way to attaining their final size. The peas have surpassed all expectations (and given the price of peas in this country, I think they have almost paid back the price of the pot they grow in). Also the salad mix (even though a slug magnet) has done really well.
Since my tomato seedlings had a very slow start, I panicked and bought two larger plants at the nursery. The second after, my own seedlings started growing, I even started to give some of them away. Let’s see how it goes. If things turn out well, we might end up deluged with tomatoes 😀 (cross fingers).
This is now probably the best season for the plants: warm, but not yet scorching hot. I only hope all the summer flowers I started from seed will grow up!
Update: I should have waited to post this until I actually picked my first soramame: