Slugger off! an anti-slug garden

Posted on: 07 July 2020 by 50connect editorial

How to create a garden that is at one with nature without the annoyance of slugs spoiling your hard work.

slug and strawberry

Slug pellets that can kill birds and hedgehogs are a thing of the past and you should take an alternative approach to slug control.

Anthea Guthrie led the way in designing environmentally sound anti-slug gardens 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

When 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


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