Slugs and Snails – Oh my! Not a gardener’s friend. Ever. In any scenario. And this is no pedestrian moan about a little leafy damage to the delicates in the beds. Oh no! Slugs are disaster for agriculture and are estimated to cost UK farmers in excess of £8 million a year.
Mama bear always says (with a smile that brings a chill): ‘Kill ’em with kindness.’ And so that is my way with slugs and snails – I collect them and rehouse them to the compost bin, to a happy prison where they can happily eat themselves to death. Hic!
But not all slugs are bad. Some are very good indeed, and help clean up dead matter and aid composting.
Indeed, it may come as no surprise to learn that the best slugs of all are British (as reported in The Telegraph article by Helena Horton entitled “Hunt in your gardens for slugs, RHS urges, amid worries beneficial British slug is being wiped out,” on 24 March 2019, about the yellow cellar slug and its imperilled state by the green cellar slug which arrived to the UK from the Ukraine in the 1970s. Another strangely Brexitesque anti-immigrant story, needless to say.)
For more information, or help with identifying garden pests, see the British Bugs.org website.