I have been a little absent-minded recently. The World Cup (or any international football event) does this to me every time: I spend all my time watching football (I refuse to use to word 'soccer').
In addition there is the gardening project, which has taken an ugly turn. I have found myself in the midst of Snail Wars of the Worst Kind. Not only did my spinach and lettuce bolt in the heat a few weeks back, but whatever was left was devoured by the slimy suckers, regardless of the presence of multiple beer traps. As I ripped my bolted, ravaged greens off the ground today, I discovered anywhere from 30 to 40 slugs under the leaves that were still there, plus a dozen or so in the beer traps. It was not a pretty sight. Even beans and peas are under attack, which to me sounds odd. It seems that the only survivors are the tomatoes, the cucumbers, the onions and the zucchinis, for now anyway. I might also be able to salvage some of the broccolis and beans, but that remains to be seen. I was hoping to go all organic with whatever pest-fighting issues might arise, but the beer traps are simply not doing enough. I might get some copper wire tomorrow, to see if that might work. I really don't want to start using industrial pesticides just yet.