Although it's true that those well-meaning chaps on the allotment have occasionally referred to my lovely 'crop of slugs', I am not writing about setting up a stall. Instead I thought I would research the main natural cause of slug death in the garden. We all want to know how to kill slugs, but being an organic gardener, who cannot go slug hunting in the dead of night in my customers' gardens, this presents a challenge!
Who will eat my slugs then?
My gardening knights-in-shining-armour are: Blackbirds and other birds from the thrush family, frogs, toads, newts, hedgehogs, slow-worms, lizards, and beetles.
How can I encourage these predators into the garden?
By creating the habitats they like. A wildlife pond and boggy area for the amphibians. Some long grass and rocks that warm up in the sun for the reptiles. Some dead wood and upturned pots with bundles of grasses for beetles. Some big shrubs and/or trees for the birds with feeders and water to drink and bathe in. Some 'messy bits' and log piles at the back of borders for hedgehogs to nest in.
There's also good news for you proto-smallholders: Domestic hens and ducks will demolish slugs.
Of course if all fails, we can always plant things which slugs don't like....