It's inevitable that there will be challenges and surprises in the garden. My biggest challenge so far has been slugs. You'd think that after the slug infestation on my seedlings earlier, I would've thought about them actually getting into the garden. But, I didn't, and they're making me pay for it.

Remember all my pretty lettuce seedlings?

early lettuce seedlings

The slugs only left me with a few. Guess I'm lucky they left me any at all. I'll scatter some more seeds in this area within the next few days.

lettuce seedlings after slug buffet

They also went after this poor little red cabbage. I don't know if it's going to make it.

slug-eaten cabbage

I have cups in the ground that I fill with beer to bait and drown the troublesome slugs. I bought some diatomaceous earth to help do away with the slimy little suckers, but it was too windy to spread it today. Maybe tomorrow, if the weather cooperates.

While I was working in the garden, I noticed my thyme moving and shaking, but not because the wind was blowing. I separated some branches, looked into the plant and (surprise!) saw this looking up at me:

butterfly in thyme

Its cocoon was in the thyme plant, and I never noticed it, even when I transplanted the thyme to its new location. It seemed to be struggling to get its wings working, and they hadn't unfolded properly yet.

butterfly with unopened wings

I don't know if the wet weather didn't allow proper drying, or if the poor little thing was just born ill, but its wings never opened and it died. I just hope it wasn't from any damage I may have done from moving the plant.

Of course, there are good things going on in the garden, too. Most of the broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower plants are doing well, even if there are a few slug-munched leaves here and there.

healthy plants in the garden

The picture shows my slug-bait beer cups, and the little seedlings in the foreground are radishes.

The peas are getting bigger each day. A few days ago, I finally put the snow peas and sugar snap peas in the ground, too. This time, I soaked them overnight first. It will be interesting to see if they sprout faster.

peas growing in the garden

They're big enough now that they're sending out tendrils, and some of them have started grabbing on to the trellis. One of the peas, however, seems more interested in forming a relationship with one of its neighbors.

pea tendrils

See how they're holding hands? I'm being silly, I know, but the pea with the long tendril (the one coming from the top of the picture) was actually closer to the trellis than it is to the other pea plant. It just looked really cute. I know it won't be long before they're all entangled with each other and the trellis.