While dumping out some kitchen scraps into my compost bin, I noticed dozens of slugs munching on my decaying tulip leaves. Huge happy ones. I'm just glad they were happy there and not in my raised bed or my flower beds.
I live in Portland, Maine, together with my wife and seven-year-old daughter. I have been gardening seriously since 2005. I teach college history by day, creative writing by evening, work at Skillins Greenhouses on weekends during the summer, and garden when I can.
My garden is a mere 600 square feet, most of it in full sun in my front yard. I have a raised bed in my back yard, and two long planters alongside the deck which I use to raise vegetables. This rest of the back yard is weedy lawn that my daughter can run around on. I have a compost bin behind the garage, and two rain barrels alongside the house.