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Gardening expert shares simple 'biological' method to remove slugs from your garden

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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6 foolproof tricks to get rid of slugs in your garden organically

Slugs cause a lot of damage in your garden – leaving irregular-shaped holes in leaves, stems, flowers, tubers and bulbs. They also leave silvery slimy trails behind wherever they move. Controlling slugs can be difficult, but Express.co.uk has compiled a list of six tricks to get rid of slugs in your garden.

How to get rid of slugs

Organic slug pellets

Slug control can be a tricky business but organic slug pellets are approved as a way to get rid of slugs.

If you scatter the pellets on the soil as soon as you see them, you can hopefully avoid them before they wreak too much havoc with your plants.

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Use grit as mulch

Mulch is an important part of gardening and helps retain moisture with your plants and protect them from critters.

Slugs do not like horticultural grit and find it difficult to travel over.

If you add mulch to the base of plants in the ground and in pots, you can help deter slugs as well as keeping your compost moist.

Use beer

Slugs are attracted to the smell of cheap beer.

You can create a slug trap by pouring some beer into a container into the ground, with the rim just above soil level.

Fill the container halfway with beer and then cover it with a loose lid to stop other creatures from falling in.

Make sure to check the pot regularly to remove any fallen slugs.

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Gardening: How to deal with slugs in your garden and prevent them from damaging plants

With more people spending time in their gardens throughout the pandemic, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) saw an 88 percent increase in pest and disease enquiries last year. The organisation found that slugs and snails were the most popular pests in Britons’ gardens, and they reached the top spot in its 25th annual pest and disease ranking list.
The RHS stated that one of the most important things to remember about slugs is that they feed at night and leave slime trails and irregular holes in plant tissue, making you aware of their activity.

Slugs enjoy eating a wide range of vegetables and plants, including sweet peas, dahlias, gerberas, and tulips.

They also feed on garden peas, beans, lettuce, celery, and potato tubers.

To stop slugs from damaging your crops you can use a biological control specific to molluscs which has no adverse effect on other types of animals.

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This is available in the form of a microscopic nematode or eelworm that is watered into the soil.

The nematodes enter slugs’ bodies and infect them with bacteria that cause a fatal disease.

To water the nematodes into the soil, the soil must be moist and warm.

Nematodes are available from refrigerated cabinets in some garden centres, or by mail from suppliers of biological controls, according to the RHS.

Traps can also be used as a measure to get rid of slugs from your garden.

Traps can be made at home using a scooped out half orange, grapefruit, or melon skin, which can be laid with the cut side down on the grass or soil.

You can also use empty jam jars filled with a little beer and sink them into the soil near your plants.

The RHS advised checking and emptying these regularly, preferably every morning.

Many gardening experts and horticulturists have advised using the jam jar trick in the past, including Adam Pasco.

In a video for B&Q in 2015, Adam recommended sinking a jam jar filled with a little “bitter beer” in the soil to act as a slug trap.

He said: “What you’ll find is they’re attracted to the smell of the beer they will crawl along, go and have a nice drink and die happy drowned in the alcohol below.

“When you find some slugs in there, again, you can literally put the top on and just throw that away in the dustbin.

“Do also check each day because you can find that little beetles and some of the nice insects in the garden can crawl in there so just hook them out and save them.

“Otherwise, it’s a good way of controlling slugs naturally.”

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

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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.

“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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