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Who will eat my slugs?

  • Who will eat my slugs?

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....

These are:

Cerastium tomentosum
Schizostylis coccinea
Iris germanica
Iris siberica
Iris pseudacorus
Anemone hupehensis

Comments (6)

  1. Grower

    Angie's Garden

    and don't forget some of those slugs actually eat other slugs.

  2. Grower


    My phlox are ravaged by slugs each year and the little blighters slither out in the open but are disregarded by the blackbirds so any other suggestions would be gratefully received.

  3. Grower

    Angie's Garden

    Linda, I find the birds here in my garden don't care much for them either.

    Another option could be some sacrificial planting - planting things they like but out of sight might help keep them away from your Phlox. I tried this with Ligularia this year and although looking at them now you'd never guess it was a success (they have eventually succumb) but I found growing a Hosta nearby kept the slugs at bay long enough early in the year to allow the Ligularia to look half decent for at least three quarters of the summer.
    I should add that since this is the first time I've tried this I can't claim it will be a success.
    It would be interesting to know if any other members have tried this method.

  4. Grower

    Stephen King

    My koi carp love slugs and snails. I can't find enough of them !
    Of course ! they can't come out of the pond and get them I still have to collect them when it is wet or dark. And I must be totally organic.

    Stephen East Sussex

  5. Grower

    Good Earth Gardens

    Wow that's a new one! Very cool! Thanks :-)

  6. Grower

    Jim Edwards

    I put frogs in the glasshouse

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