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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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Invasive giant African snails found in luggage at JFK Airport: Officials

QUEENS, New York — They’re slow, slimy and a menace to society.Such are the giant African snails discovered during a baggage examination at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on Sunday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists caught 22 of the highly invasive, slimy critters after checking a U.S. man, who arrived on a flight from Ghana.Additionally, specialists found prohibited ox tail, dried beef, turkey berry, carrot, medicinal leaves and prekese, a traditional African spice and medicinal plant product.

“Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists are our nation’s frontline defenders against invasive plant and animal pests that threaten our agricultural resources, and they face this complex and challenging mission with extraordinary commitment and vigilance,” said Marty Raybon, Acting Director of Field Operations for CBP’s New York Field Office.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the giant African snail is one of the most damaging of its kind in the world.

The critter consumes at least 500 types of plants and can cause extensive damage to tropical and sub-tropical environments.It also causes structural damage to plaster and stucco.

To make matters worse, the snails pose a serious health risk to humans, because it carries a parasitic nematode that can cause meningitis.

Giant African snails reproduce quickly, producing 1,200 eggs in a single year.

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