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SLUGGING IT OUT

Slugs and snails are among our most troublesome garden pests, but they don’t have it all their own way – nature is there to lend a helping hand, as organic gardening expert Sally Cunningham explains

Gardeners appear to spend more time and effort on slug control than almost any other pest, except perhaps vine weevil. Not all are as evil as they’re cabbage-painted. Are you trying to rid your garden of the wrong type of slug? Most gardeners imagine every slug is out to demolish their seedlings, let alone every snail, but there is a sizeable number of species which are blameless in their diet, feeding on dead vegetation alone. They’re valuable assets in the compost heap, helping decomposition: even surplus slime encourages a build-up of humus.

Ferric phosphate pellets are sold as a safer alternative to metaldehyde

SLUG PELLETS, FOR OR AGAINST?

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: ON THE VEG PATCH This month Joyce Russell takes over our jobs on the plot feature. Joyce is busy tending to leeks, preparing bean trenches, sorting seeds and lifting celeriac IN THE GREENHOUSE KG regular Martin Fish moves into the greenhouse and polytunnel from this issue and is having a winter clean up, preparing the soil for spring crops and pruning grapes THE CULTIVATED PLOT In the first part of his new series, Graham Strong gets his new plot into shape for spring sowings MEET THE BLOGGERS This month we meet Hayley Moisley, a young blogger with a bright future in the world of allotment gardening