“It’s never going to rain again.”
— Dr. Free-Ride’s better half, contemplating cloudy skies over the last month or so
— The weather in the vicinity of Casa Free-Ride, at approximately 4:45 AM today
It was not a torrential downpour, but there was a good, hard rain for 15 to 20 minutes early this morning, and from the looks of things there might have been a drizzle for some time after that.
You can guess what this did for this morning’s gastropod foray.
Strikingly, the serious slug and snail action was not in the garden beds where the initial infestation was so horrific. Rather, most of the gastropods I picked this morning were on the edges of the yard. This suggests to me that, as I noted yesterday, snails and slugs don’t respect property lines — so the neighboring yards that aren’t being picked daily are acting as a gastropod source.
Nonetheless, the influx from the neighbors (and whatever undiscovered gastropod lairs may remain in our yard) still doesn’t bring us up to the numbers we were seeing before the campaign of eradication.
If I weren’t worried about goading Mother Nature to visit ironic (but probably hilarious) retribution upon me, I might me tempted to say, “Even with rain, this is all you’ve got?”
Today’s take: 76 slugs and 44 snails.