Total as of this morning is 1456. I'm losing enthusiasm -- maybe it's just the headache talking.
Yesterday, I found the mother-of-all-slugs under a lettuce leaf in the New Kitchen Garden where until now, it was slug-free. Then when I was rinsing off the lettuce I'd harvested, I found a cluster of eggs! MOTHER indeed. I really should've taken a picture, but I disposed of them in a panic and didn't think of it until later.
This morning, I'm seeing these everywhere. Are these slug eggs too? They're cream-colored rather than white with a dot like the other ones from yesterday, and somewhat smaller. In the closeup photo's they look like tiny mushrooms rather then spherical to me. But if these are slug eggs, I'm in major trouble because they're everywhere in the Veg Garden. (Sorry the focus is a little off)
Also, I've discovered that the slugs are climbing my little Cherry trees and eating the leaves. They're newly planted last fall, to be fan or free-form espaliered, so they're only knee high. I knew something
was eating the leaves because the budded leaves on one fan-limb were slowly disappearing but I didn't see the slugs until today -- found 10 all together on the Cherries.
Immediately checked the Apple trees located by the fence on the other side of the garden and found tell-tale chewed up leaves. Took a bit of searching but I KNEW it was there -- finally found the slimer at the top of a dandelion fluff that toppled over and was touching the trunk.
Oh, they're all over the peppermint leaves too.