SLUGS AND SNAILS

These slimy creatures show your vegetables no mercy and—worst-case scenario—will happily munch a whole row of seedlings overnight. My approach to slug and snail issues is to focus my efforts on prevention and follow up with direct action.

DEFENSIVE ACTION

Controlling slug and snail populations isn’t difficult, and although I specifically mention slugs below, the simple techniques I use apply equally to snails. Defensive action works best in the long term, which means creating barriers between slugs and your crops and making sure plants are better able to fend for themselves when they are transplanted outside. And remember that slugs will always home in on tender seedlings, which they ...

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