This is my third spring in Virginia, and you would think I would remember from year to year what problems are likely to be faced, but nooooooo………..
What’s top of mind, for me, are slugs. We had slugs in Ohio – of course, we did. But they seemed to isolate themselves to particular plants and were a major nuisance only when it rained hard.
Last spring, I had my first “what the” moment when I saw my marigolds all eaten. I didn’t know ANYTHING would eat marigolds! I’d certainly never seen them get eaten before.
So, off I went to Crow’s Nest in Blacksburg, to ask Jay what the heck eats marigolds. (It’s very important for all gardeners to have a good local nursery where they can get answers to questions. For me, living in Blacksburg, my good local nursery is Crow’s Nest Greenhouses. If they don’t know the answer, they do research instead of making something up. Wherever you live, find someplace local that’s a ready source of good, reliable info.)
Jay told me I had a slug problem. Yes, slugs eat marigolds. Luckily, they stuck to the marigolds and didn’t bother what was planted with the marigolds, and marigolds are easy to replace. After much discussion about the different types of organic slug control, I went home and got my slug problem taken care of. They chewed up more than my marigolds though, so you’d think I’d remember.
No. I went outside last week to find my bean plants chewed off, the melons half destroyed, holes in the chard and strawberries, and yes, the marigolds, eaten again. I’m hoping to remember to just plan for slugs next year and prepare for them when I plant.
So, an attack plan is now in place, more seeds have been planted and I probably need to go get more marigolds.
Oh good! Another excuse to hit the nursery!
(I’d post a picture of the slug damage but it’s raining outside and I’m not that dedicated! Look for one later this week when the rain finally stops. When that happens, I’ll be out searching for slugs again.)