Monty Don shares how to avoid slugs and snails ‘devastating’ lettuce crops

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Monty Don shares how to avoid slugs and snails ‘devastating’ lettuce crops

Gardening expert Monty Don shared the best way to plant lettuce in your vegetable patch. In an episode of Gardeners’ World from 2020, Monty explained how to avoid your lettuce being “destroyed” by slugs and snails. Lettuces are easy to grow, delicious and come in a range of flavours and textures.

“It’s far better to have small amounts of different varieties which are enough but not too much.

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“Now, a cos lettuce has got that lovely crips heart but it grows tall and is really, I suppose, my favourite.”

Monty said the two best summer cos lettuce varieties are lobjoits and parris island lettuce.

To make sure the lettuce varieties grow properly, Monty said nowadays he grows them in the “same way”.

“Whereas, if I grow these on in the protection of a greenhouse and cold frames and I really watch out for slugs in particular then they get nice and strong and young and healthy.

“If I plant them out at this site, they can withstand slightly attack.”

Lettuce can be sowed and planted out from March through to September, according to the Royal Horticultural Society.

Gardeners’ World airs tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.

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