Wet Weather Leads to a Slug Onslaught
A mild winter + wet spring + a ban on a certain type of slug pellet = slug invasion!
New Ban on Slug Pellets
Slugs are on the move and, for the sake of wildlife, one weapon in the shed is being phased out. Slug pellets containing metaldehyde will no longer be legal after next year. Gardeners need to think about alternatives, and to act now. The rasping teeth of slugs are already chewing at your new shoots.
A slug pellet based on ferrous phosphate is still OK for use in the garden. These still kill slugs but instead of dying on top
Get Planting with Raised Beds and Planters
As we finally welcome warmer weather, it's the favourite time of year for most gardeners. And it’s raised beds and containers that allow gardeners across the UK to get ahead of the game.
Both can help with earlier sowing and planting and are easy to protect if any cold weather dares to head back. Get the best from your beds and pots by following a few guidelines.
Raised beds are more easily managed than big wide borders. Weeding, watering, feeding and protecting your plants is far simpler when you are focusing on one area.
When constructing your raised beds, it's a top tip to line them with empty compost sacks (folded inside out so the black part is showing into the bed). This will protect the wood from water damamge - especially if your planter is not pressure treated.
Remember to occassionaly check newly constructed raised beds