Lydia commented on my post over at the Grow Network:
“My comment might be strange to every gardener, but this topic is close to my heart so I write anyway.
After moving from the cold northern part of Canada (where no slugs existed) to the coast, I had to relearn how to garden in a very different climate. For a number of years I practice co-creative gardening and killing slugs did not sit well with me. (Imagine those huge “banana slugs”.
Everything has a consciousness and a task to fulfill while on the Planet, even the tiniest creature we consider a pest. Knowing this, I contacted the overall consciousness of the slugs and explained my problem. I also explained that I understood their side of life.
Then I asked for a compromise to help both sides; I asked to move the slugs out of the garden-beds onto the land where all kinds of weeds are growing. And I promised not to kill any slugs.
It took a few days until the situation was satisfactory. But since then, I only had very little damage on my vegetables and I seldom had to remove a slug and put it to another place. There is co-existence and respect for each other now.”
I tried talking to the overall consciousness of fireants once – they put me on hold, then stung the living daylights out of my ankles.