Summer is approaching, you are planting your favourite vegetables, pulling weeds, tending to your crops, when suddenly you see slimy and chewed leaves. Slugs! Uninvited guests that can be a real pain in the ass for growers. And it’s not just vegetables. Slugs also like to feast on flowers and herbs. If you spot a slug or slimy leaves, intervene early. They are very easy to get rid of.
Unwelcome slug guests
Slimes are an outright threat to any garden. They love compost, which is both inanimate and living plant material. They’ll eat just about anything. Even sweet carrots buried a few centimetres underground. The pests are most frequent at night, when it’s quiet. Your garden is a festive feast that slugs will not despise. Slugs, as well as snails, which are also considered the scourge of gardens, lay their eggs in spring and summer. The number of eggs can be as high as an incredible 400! They hatch approximately three weeks after laying. It will therefore also be important to get rid of them as quickly as possible before they become real hungry pests.
Preventive action is best
Is prevention better than cure alone? That’s for sure, and it applies in this case as well. The first method may be hoeing the beds and loosening the soil frequently. This way, the top soil will dry out and slugs will not be able to move around easily. Another option is to place birdhouses with a regular supply of bird droppings. The birds will learn to return to your garden and help you to eradicate slugs and snails. Do you feel that your garden care has been taken over by these pests? Try the methods below.
You can also use garlic, which is natural and also does not harm the environment. This vegetable has a wonderfully pungent smell that is no prize for a snail or slug. It doesn’t smell good to them and it repels them. How to prepare garlic repellent:
- 2 sticks of garlic
- 1 liter of water
- Closable bottle
Bring a liter of water to a boil and add the crushed or crushed garlic. You don’t want to bubble this garlic water for ten minutes. After ten minutes, strain the water and let it cool. Once the garlic broth is cold, pour it into a resealable bottle. To use, add two tablespoons of garlic broth to one litre of clean water and spray or water the garden. If slugs are eating your plants, spray them with this mixture.