Recently after some heavy rains I went out into my garden to collect nasturtium seeds. As I was lifting up some of the foliage, to look for fallen seeds on the ground, I noticed a few slugs. My first reaction was "Cool! A new bug to photograph" but then it dawned on my that having these garden pests in the garden wasn't such a good thing.
I've probably have had slugs in my garden for a while and just haven't noticed the damage they cause to plants because I over plant. I stuff as many plants as I can on my tiny urban lot that sometimes a damaged or missing plant will go unnoticed for a couple of days.
One the one hand I'm dreading the future of my urban garden and the addition of these garden pests. While on the other hand I'm having fun hunting slugs and photographing them and seeing their arrival in my garden as a sign of success. Since their population seems to be minuscule I've researched methods of non-toxic slug control that I've posted on my other gardening blog.
My favorite method of non-toxic slug control that I didn't include in that entry has to be going out to the garden with a bamboo skewer and lancing them. I then take the "slug kabob" and place it on the fence so the birds can eat them. I know it's a little cruel but perhaps it will serve as a deterrent to any slugs looking to make my garden their home.