Following on from my last post on strategies to accept slug damage, I remembered taking a photo of the polyculture bed when the kale had been munched. This was on 12th June:
What a mess. Only two or three weeks later, on the 3rd July, it looked like this:
And a month later, on 12th August, it looked like this:
OK, so the cosmos began to dominate a bit, but … you can see that the bed did recover from a bit of early slug damage. This is how it looked yesterday, 26th August:
Still munched, but clearly managing to grow. By the time we can harvest the kale (from November onwards) the slugs and caterpillars will be bunking down for the winter, and we should have it all to ourselves. In theory!
Keeping a visual record and remembering to look back is a good reminder that plants and slugs have shared the same space for a long time now, and plants do manage to recover. In a month or two, my surviving endives might be thriving. You never know.