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The Transformation

Do you remember my post about that patch of ground I cleared out by the end of our driveway? You know, the one with the 4 foot tall weeds and the big green transformer box?  Here — let me remind you:

Above you see the tangle of weeds and thistle.

Below you see a clean patch of dirt.

If you recall I left those two little rocks there because the 4 year old next door explained that they were very fragile and had to be handled very gently.  I am certain he got the rock message mixed up somehow, but I wasn’t about to be the one to correct him and then have to explain about the broken windows to his parents.

Well, when D wasn’t looking I gently heaved those two rocks into the middle of the vacant lot next door.  Then I got the shovel, the hose, a few bazillion dollars worth of flora, and I created this:


Now every day is a life and death struggle between the slugs and I. I did not plant these beautiful flowers so they could have fresh salad. I bought some Sluggo and it seems to be working. There are about 8 daisies hidden among this splendor that were reduced to stubs, but I see they are rallying. I hope that means they will bloom before the season ends.


  1. Go get ’em killer. They sure are pretty. 🙂 maybe you should put some salad greens there they don’t like. Possibly poison ivy ROFLMAO.

  2. I never heard of sluggo. We had a house where they ran rampant and I used to pour salt on the suckers! Ugly way to die!

    Those are gorgeous flowers!

  3. Isn’t there a cartoon character named Sluggo from the “Nancy” series?

    Wikipedia says yes:

    Sluggo Smith, Nancy’s best friend, introduced in 1938. Sluggo is Nancy’s age and is a poor ragamuffin-type from the wrong side of the tracks. There are strips that appear to place Sluggo as Nancy’s boyfriend. He is portrayed as lazy, and his favorite pastime seems to be napping.

  4. One can spend a fortune on beauty. I went broke plating my patio containers this Spring, but it sure is rewarding to see how gorgeous they’ve become. With all this heat in PA, I have to water 2 x’s day. Sure hope those pesky slugs sliver away from your garden!!

  5. Gardening’s a great hobby for me as well. And you don’t need to be a nurturer to do it. It’s a perfect pastime for murderous spirits like you and I.

  6. Very pretty!!!! Good luck against the snails! I’ve heard that egg shall near the flowers will keep the slugs away…. might work with snails too?

  7. Beautiful transformation, Quilly… well done. I’ve heard of using dried, crushed egg shells to get rid of slugs, and I believe also Diatomaceous earth works for this. Anything that scratches the slug as it slides over it.

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