snails & slugs
Wed, 14 Mar 2007 10:19:46 PDT
On 13 Mar 07, at 13:58, Susan B wrote:

> I never had much trouble with slugs in Wisconsin, probably because I
> grew full-sun plants.  We recently relocated to TN, and while picking
> up sticks and wood today I came across an enormous slug- easily the
> size of my thumb!
> Now I knows what you folks be talkin' about!!

That enormous slug you found may be quite innocuous. It's not until 
you've found some treasure mowed down to the ground by a voracious 
mollusk that you fully experience slug-woe or mollusc-angst.

Some plants are far more easily damaged by s&s than others. 
Some are more attractive to the pests; others don't have much to them 
and even just a little mollouscoidal snacking causes inordinate harm 
— tecophilaea with its sparse foliage being an example.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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