Keep­ing on top of hun­gry pests

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

PESTS are hav­ing a field day now and, if al­lowed, will be tuck­ing into lots of fresh young green­ery.

I use wool pel­lets to de­ter slugs from vul­ner­a­ble crops and or­na­men­tals.

There’s also some­thing very sat­is­fy­ing about squish­ing colonies of aphids be­tween your fingers – es­pe­cially if you’re hav­ing a bad day!

You don’t al­ways need chem­i­cals for pests. Har­vest the pow­ers of their nat­u­ral preda­tors – birds, hedge­hogs, am­phib­ians, wasps, lacewings, hov­er­flies and la­dy­birds – and cre­ate a healthy gar­den full of nat­u­ral in­ter­est.

Wool pel­lets keeps slugs away and small colonies of aphids are easy to squish

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