Mike Smith (Illustrator)


Maybe God also uses office equipment


  1. Posted August 4, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Ewwwwwwwwww! I find a glass of wine in one hand for me and a pot of salt in the other for THEM works! (NB avoid salty soil as cabbages dislike it) And I love your blog!

  2. Tanya Zielke
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Blurghhhh! I’m quite disturbed by your macabre despatching of slugs. I didn’t know you had an evil streak! What about organic slug pellets or isn’t that any fun? :)

  3. Cookie
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Wendy and Tanya appear to be missing the inner meaning of this blog. The fact that we to are slugs infesting the planet and fate carries a pair of scissors to. On a more important note are those the same scissors you use to trim the bacon. Aaaagh fate may come into play sooner than I thou……

  4. Mike
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    I hate slugs, that’s what it boils down to. Once I had a row of neat cabbages that were reduced to mere STUMPS in one night, so I’m afraid I quite enjoy slicing them, and surely scissors are less cruel than salt, Wendy?! (Thanks by the way.) I only started using scissors after I got fed up with bashing them with stones.

    Also I get annoyed when I read ‘tips’ that involve egg shells (useless), beer traps (slugs come out when it RAINS for god’s sake), human hair traps (I’m not a barber) etc.

    Slug pellets work, but we don’t use them. We do use organic ones, which seem to work a bit. We’ve also tried nematodes, but not sure if that worked or not.

    And then there are the caterpillars…

    Cookie, what you say is true, that every time I do it it makes me think of what we know and what we only think we know. It’s not true that we use the same scissors for trimming the bacon, but do you remember how last time you stayed, that stew was a bit gristly?…

  5. Posted August 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Seems very labour intensive to me. I prefer the sunken beer bath, which has been working wonderfully for us. My wife prefers to pick them up and drop them into a milk carton half full of salty water. When the carton is full it’s sealed and goes in the bin. (don’t like this myself but it’s mainly her planting that gets attacked.) You have to go with what works best but I kinda like the idea of fate having a final beer bath for me to end my days.

  6. carrie
    Posted August 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    If you are individually cutting each one, isn’t it less work and less cruel too pop each one into a bucket and dump them far enough off to avoid re-infestation. I’m sure they have their own valuable place in the world and eco-system.

  7. Mike
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I could do that Carrie, but I don’t bother because it’s not enough to just dump them over the wall — they home!


    And anyway I’m part of the ecosystem too, and they’re destroying my food! If I bought shop cabbages who knows how many extra creatures would get flattened trucking said cabbages to the shops.