Reflections – Friday, August 19, 2016

Carol A. Hand

A morning visitor, just my speed
for ample macro focusing time
A little slug looking for an early feed
as it secretes its trail of shimmering slime.


A little creature much maligned
I admit I’m guilty of this, it’s true.
I know I honestly wouldn’t mind
if you only ate weeds instead of feasting on my gardens, too.

This year I’ve tried something new
to help you know what’s not in bounds
I routinely circle my gardens to deter your crew
with carefully spread coffee grounds.


It seems to work for you and me
We’re able to coexist peacefully…


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About Carol A. Hand

What matters are not the titles I’ve held or university degrees I earned or the size of a house or bank account. It’s really what I’ve learned from ordinary people like me whom I’ve met along the way. They taught me to live with gratitude and give thanks for each new day.
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31 Responses to Reflections – Friday, August 19, 2016

  1. isabellaesthermariarose says:

    I will certainly try your deterrent, Carol. I wouldn’t hurt them for the world. I put cat food out for the hedgehogs that visit every night [four of them at present]. The cat food is all eaten but the slugs remain!! So obviously hedgehogs prefer cat food to slugs!!

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    • It is a challenge to deal with them, Izzy. Last year, they devastated my vegetable gardens. My tomatoes were all bitten, and the bean and green pepper plants were skeletons. This year, I was tempted to use chemicals, but just couldn’t do it. And then, someone told me about coffee grounds. So far, it’s worked.

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  2. Very thoughtful. Thank you, Carol.

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  3. sojourner says:

    If slug and human, then why not human and human?!

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  4. Debra says:

    Egg shells if you’ve got them crumbled and placed around each plant. heheheheh Good for soil and bad for their delicate feet. I know they can be devastating but I do have a soft spot for these guys.

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  5. You are not the only one, Carol!

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  6. I love that! I can’t kill anything, I save wasps when they fly into my sitting room, I couldn’t kill a slug, they occasionally trip into my kitchen and have slug parties. I pick their sticky bodies up and place them outside somewhere safe. I de-flea my dog and feel sad about that. I am a hopeless case. Xx

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  7. I put out lids of (cheap) beer for them. They can’t resist it and drink themselves to death.

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  8. omtatjuan3 says:

    I guess slugs need attention:)

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  9. Love it Carol, and the coffee grounds may be good fertilizer for your plants too. I know they are great for roses. 🙂 ❤

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  10. smilecalm says:

    wondrously artistic
    co-existence, Carol 🙂

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    • Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts, David. I send thoughts of steady, healing rain to you, the rains that make the earth abundant for humans and for our slug relatives as well. 🙂


  11. Well done, Carol! Do you garden beds smell like a coffee shop? (smile…)

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  12. inesephoto says:

    Pity they cannot be trained to eat weeds 🙂

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