It was going so well, all your babies standing tall and fine, and then munch, munch, chomp, chomp – they arrived. The cold, dry early spring meant that, for a while, it looked as if slugs and snails had all but upped and gone. They had not. In fact, they are very adept at hunkering down and holding out until the rain appears again. And appear it did.
I bet you have some holes in your vegetable patch as a result of their hunger. Or perhaps your overwinter onions didn’t do so well, or the carrot germination was patchy and there are gaps there, too. Inevitably at this time of year there are unwanted spaces, usually in the middle of a row or patch. To leave these bare is to invite in weeds and waste valuable growing space.
There are two solutions: either have standby plug plants, or sow seed that will quickly fill the gap. I have learned to always have on hand spare plug plants of lettuce, swiss chard and Japanese bunching onions, maybe six or so plants that I sow in larger modules so they don’t mind sitting around until a gap appears.