Most gardeners will stumble across a slug, or evidence of one, at some point in the garden. Whether they’re hiding under your containers or leaving holes in your plants, they can be a nuisance. However, slugs are so common in British outdoor spaces that gardeners should be prepared for some damage.
Controlling them can be tricky, particularly around young or vulnerable plants.
Fortunately, gardening expert Jane Perrone has shared a “biological” method for deterring the critters.
Jane is working alongside Mash Direct, who have launched a campaign to get people across the country growing their own vegetables and herbs.
The garden pro spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about how to keep slugs out of your vegetable patch.
She said: “I try not to panic about pests, and I never think of them as having a silver bullet solution that’s just going to knock them all out and they’re never going to be there again.
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“They get inside the slugs – it’s quite bizarre how it happens.
“But the good news is, it’s totally safe.
“If a slug is eaten by a hedgehog, it’s not going to cause a problem for the hedgehog.”
Like any pest control, it’s important you follow the instructions to the letter when using nematode worms.
Jane said it’s also important to note that not all slugs are bad in your garden.
Some of them don’t eat fresh greens, but will only eat decomposing material.
If you come across slugs in your compost pile, they’re probably eating all the decomposing things, so they don’t need to be killed.
“The more you can educate yourself about different kinds of pests and what they’re up to and different kinds of insects on your plot, that helps you understand what you need to do,” she added.
You can purchase slug nematodes online for around £13, depending on how many you buy.
Mash Direct, the award-winning ‘field-to-fork’ vegetable accompaniments brand, is launching the ‘Grow Your Own’ campaign to encourage more people across the UK to grow their own vegetables and herbs and to increase their vegetable intake to harness the associated health and wellbeing benefits.
From May 24 – July 2, Mash Direct is challenging individuals to grow their own vegetables and herbs in their gardens, allotments and window sills.
If they showcase the evidence on social media, tagging @mashdirect and #GrowWithMash, they will be placed in a draw to win free gardening tools and Mash Direct products.
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She recently told the Radio Times: “The snowflake generation, they can’t do anything.
“They don’t know anything about how to look after themselves, or a work ethic, all of that has gone out of the window. It’s our fault as parents.
“If you put your child on a pedestal, with no sense of independence, and think you have got to entertain them the whole time, what can you expect?”
She added: “I rebuff swaddling children, because I want to see them go on and do well and be themselves, whatever that is.
“I feel like it is their life and all I do is prepare them.”
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Mary Berry is a popular television personality and cookbook author. She has shared how to make a Victoria sponge cake with little effort.
Mary shared the recipe in an unearthed video for BBC’s Children in Need in 2010.
She explained the simple recipe used the “all in one” baking method, which means putting all the ingredients in the bowl and mixing.
Mary stated: “Making a Victoria sandwich is very simple, particularly if you use the ‘all in one’ method.
“This means putting all the ingredients at once into the bowl and giving it a good beat.”
To begin, preheat the oven to 180C, or 160C fan.
In a large bowl, add four eggs, sugar, self-raising flour, baking powder and baking spread, or butter.
“Take a mixer and mix it until the ingredients are all combined,” she continued.
Mary shared advice on how to know when the mixture is ready and warned against overmixing.
She added: “You know when you’ve got to the right consistency when there’s no surplus flour round the outside of the bowl and there’s no fatty bits. Don’t overmix it.
“When you pick up the beater, or you pick up some with a spoon, it should drop back into the mixture. [It will be] a soft, dropping consistency.”
Once the mixture is combined, put equal amounts into two tins and level off.
Put both tins in the pre-heated oven on one shelf for about 25 minutes.
Mary said: “I’m going to keep an eye on them towards the end of the cooking process to make sure they are an even light brown and shrinking away from the side of the tin.”
When done, remove the cakes and leave to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes before removing and allowing to cool fully.
Once cooled, bakers can spread strawberry jam, and cream if desired, on top of one of the sponges.
Then place the other cake on top to complete the Victoria sandwich.
Finish by dusting with caster sugar on top.
She continued: “I think this is a perfect Victoria sandwich and I know all the family are going to enjoy it.”
The Google Maps Street View cameras have a habit of coming across people from all over the world in rather unlikely situations. In Norway, viewers spotted a dog walker who had opted for a rather unique method of getting her canine out of the house.
As the saying goes “dogs are man’s best friend” and in this case, it seems the dog walker wanted nothing less than luxury for her furry friend.
The image snapped in the Norwegian city of Bergen, a dog walker can be seen enjoying the sunshine.
She is ambling a path, dressed in jeans, a light jacket and a large backpack.
With her is, of course, her dog.
However, it is not attached to the traditional lead.
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Perhaps this is a rather familiar scenario for the dog.
The image was shared to StreetViewFun, where the posted questioned if this was “how Norwegians walk the dog”.
In reality, there are actually a few reasons why a dog may be walked in such a way.
It could be that the dog is recovering from an operation or is unable to walk long distances.
At first glance, one can only see a small dog.
Though it has a lead attached, the end of it stretches upwards into vast empty space.
While it might be exciting to consider the dog is being walked by a ghost, the reality is far more logical.
When snapping the shot, the 360-degree cameras shoot multiple pictures to create a seamless image.
This is done by knitting the images together to make the scene seem realistic.
Moving objects often ruin the scene as they shift when the photos are taken.
It is likely the pace at which the dog’s owner was walking simply caused the programme to glitch.