Slugger Off! An Anti-Slug Garden

Posted on: 13 June 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

A garden packed with slug-proof plants and vegetables plus features to attract predators will keep out slimy pests.

Slug pellets that can kill birds and hedgehogs are a thing of the past in the Slugger Off! garden, on show at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2008, which takes an alternative approach to slug control.

Anthea Guthrie worked with the children of Heronsbridge School in South Wales to design an environmentally sound anti-slug garden that works with rather than against nature, incorporating plants that slugs won't eat and features to attract slug predators. By choosing the right plants, you can live and let live.

Terracotta pots filled with herbs and salads dangle from an old, dead apple tree, out of reach of slugs. The garden has the added benefit of being very low maintenance, only needing strimming twice a year!

Attracting Slug Predators

Slugger Off garden - silver medalWhen you dig in the spring, birds don't just take worms but are looking for slug eggs to eat. Magpies, starlings, jays and owls all eat slugs. Nest boxes in the garden provide safe havens for rearing young.

Alongside slug-proof varieties, the garden includes plants to attract insects which provide a food source for garden birds. A small pond attracts slug-eating frogs and toads, as well as birds. There's even a slither inn for slow-worms.

A hedgehog hotel made from an old cane chair attracts these prickly pest-eaters into the garden. Hedgehogs, foxes and badgers all eat slugs.

An A-Z Of Slug Resistant Plants

  • Achillea, Aconites, Ajuga, Alchemillamollis, Alyssum, Anaphalis, Antirrhinum, Aquilegia, Arabis, Astilbe, Astrantia
  • Ballota, Begonia, Bergenia
  • Calendula, Corydalis, Crocosmia, Crocus, Cyclamen
  • Dianthus, Diascia, Dicentra, Diorama, Digitalis
  • Erigeron, Erysimum, Eschscholzia, Euphorbia
  • Ferns, Filipendula, Fuschia
  • Gaillardia, Gaura, Geranium, Geum, Gypsophila
  • Heathers, Helianthemum, Hellebores, Heuchera
  • Inula
  • Japanese Anemones
  • Lamium, Leucanthemum, Lychnis Coronaria, Lysimachia
  • Malva Maschata, Menthe, Myosotis
  • Nepeta, Nigella
  • Oenothera, Osteospermum
  • Paeonia, Pelargonium, Penstemon, Phlox Paniculata, Phuopsis, Pulmonaria, Pulsatilla
  • Rudbeckia
  • Saxifrage X Urbium, Schizostylis, Sedum, Sempervivum, Sidalca, Sisychrirum, Solidago, Stachys Byzantina
  • Tellima, Thalictrum, Thyme, Tiarella
  • Valeriana, Verbena Bonariensis

Slug Resistant Vegetables

  • Red salad leaves
  • Pentland Dell, Pentland Ivory or Pentland Falcon potatoes
  • Spring cabbage
  • Curly kale
  • Sprouting broccoli
  • Globe artichoke

Web Links

Slugger Off! sponsors Mundy Cruising's programme includes a gardening cruise hosted by Anthea Guthrie:

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