1. Who is snacking on the sunflowers? They only started sprouting a few days ago. A happy thing because the seeds were several years old.
2. Was it the snails? the slugs? the aphids? the birds? the squirrels?
3. I don’t mind sharing some of the sprouting sunflowers with the bugs and such, but not all.
4. If the offenders could only read, I’d post a sign to tell them “No More for You! Move along!”
5. The experts say that the scent of marigold drives aphids away, so this morning I planted marigolds near the sprouting sunflowers. You go, marigolds!
6. It turns out marigolds attract slugs and snails. Make marigold plants your sacrificial lambs, say some experts. The snails and slugs will feast on the leaves and flowers at night to be easily picked off come morning.
7. “Marigold or sunflower?” asked one snail to another. “Smelly thick leaves or young tender shoots?”
8. We shall see to tomorrow which the snails and slugs liked.
9. If I get my act together this evening, I’ll set out saucers of beer for the slugs and snails. (I treat them so well.)
10. Last year, enough of the creatures partied hearty that some of the vegetables managed to grow and produce.
11. The aphids will get a concoction of soy sauce and dish soap with which to drown their sorrows.
12. Is that soy sauce trap for earwigs instead? We gots lots of those bugs, too, since we don’t rake leaves right away.
13. I hope we’ll be seeing sunflowers dancing in the sun this summer.
It’s Thursday and that means Thursday 13.