”A worm tells summer better than the clock, The slug’s a living calendar of days; What shall it tell me if a timeless insect Says the world wears away?” — Dylan Thomas

I pick the slugs from my beloved yarrow.

I notice the other things that they are eating — the radish leaves, the Persian mint, the sorrel.  I don’t want to kill them but I don’t want to watch my plants be decimated, either.

I am in conflict because I believe that slugs are virtuous and tell me something about the health and happiness of my plants.

So that is why I won’t kill them with environmentally safe chemicals or put out saucers of beer for them to drown in.  Instead, I put protective rings of eggshells around the plants that seem to need it the most.

And that is why I begin to feel what it is like to be myself, the yarrow and the slug; in process and in progress.

3 April 2012

chicken leg confit with pickled beets

spinach, carrots and barley with hot pepper and green garlic

strawberry shortcake

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