We are under a Winter Storm Warning with ice, 4-7 inches of snow and high winds expected during the next 24 hour period. I have started receiving my garden seed catalogs in the mail and of course am making plans for the season to come. Next week I will be starting my tomato, pepper and broccoli plants indoors.
Living out in the country as I do, I always try to pre-plan for this time of year. I put away 75 quarts of canned tomatoes, tomato salsa and spaghetti sauce for this purpose. I also put up applesauce and apple pie filling – around 30 quarts. There is nothing that tastes as good as these farm fresh ingredients in the recipes. But I do have a concern that will need to be addressed very soon.
Despite having had a good crop of tomatoes, peppers and onions, I also ended the season on a negative note. There was a massive infestation of slugs and I was not able to treat the soil before Mother Nature tucked the garden in with a thick white blanket of snow. I know there is a good possibility that these voracious critters could have wintered over. I will be researching like crazy to see what can be done to prevent a “second coming”.
I understand that the gardener’s creed is to plant enough for all God’s creatures, but I’m not willing to sacrifice the entire crop to them this year.
I am in Zone 3 so if anyone has any suggestions I’m all ears !!