Well, it was another dry morning in the back yard. And I was sufficiently busy with other stuff yesterday afternoon that I did not have a chance to set up any beery gastropod watering holes.
So the pickings today were predictably slim.
Not only were most of the plants and planting areas free of visible gastropods, but most of the places where I can count on finding at least one slug on any given morning were slugless.
The big bag of potting soil on the ground near the house had a few slugs under it. There are always at least a few slugs under that bag, even when there are none under the neighboring bags of compost and mulch. I don’t know if this is a matter of the contents of the bag, the relative heft of it, or the location.
One of the other things I did yesterday afternoon was water my vegetable garden. Since the soil in the raised beds was damper than the soil anywhere else in the yard, I had a close look. As I was pulling a few weeds, I discovered (in three separate beds) a few wee slugs.
As I came in from patrol, it started drizzling lightly. Why the drizzle could not have happened an hour earlier I do not know.
Today’s take: seven slugs and no snails.