With one week to go before we up sticks and move house to sunny Dorset (I bet it rains on moving day!), I have prepared my portable, potted garden for travel. The tomatoes in the green house needed to get used to the outside world. With their cosy life under glass coming to an end I have made certain to prepare them for life in a new location. Each day I moved them out of the greenhouse for a little longer, making sure that they were tucked up again by early evening. Eventually they spent the night out alone and having suffered no ill side effects I decided that they were hardy enough to remain in the open.
Carrots, sweet peas, potatoes and strawberries have been outside for sometime now, their only enemy being the slugs. There is one particularly huge and predatory slug that I am sorry to say I have not managed to capture on camera for you, but I know where he has been by tracing his long slimy footprint! He comes in to the house through the cat flap, munches on some cat food, then slimes back out the way he came. With a belly full of whiskas he then trundles round the corner and slimes his way up the pea and bean patio planter for some pudding! Strong enough to open the cat flap, and well fed on 'carefully prepared, complete nutrition for cats' I imagine he is nearing the size of a small kitten.
One of my solutions for slug tackling is to put out some orange peels as they rather effectively do the job of redirecting and collecting the slimy fellows without much effort. Anyway, having fed, watered and hardened off all the plants I now declare them fit for travel. All that remains is to pack up myself...which as you can see can have it's difficulties!