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I LOVE HEDGEHOGS
therefore I do not put out slug pellets
If you are like me, here are the names of a few plants I know slugs don't like :lol:

euphorbia
geraniums
begonias
alchemilla mollis
pulmonaria ( mine is Trevi Fountain)
chives
fuschias
verbena
cyclamen
hebes
aquelegia

the slugs LOVE
marigolds
pansies
My hedgehogs ( about 4 or 5 each night) are very stubborn - I am trying to train them to eat slugs but they would rather have the meal worms I put out.

Could I also suggest, that if you are mowing or strimming long grassy areas, check for hedgehogs first. My son found one recently that had been strimmed across its face, and numbers of hedgehogs are rapidly decreasing...... thanks a lot
please help by adding to this list - and excuse my spellings !!
I was only thinking of hedgehogs early when I caught a glimpse of one on TV. A sad thought came to mind how much they must be declining. Never mind stats and all that but from my memory when I first learnt to drive , squished hedgehogs were all over the place on all the roads (sorry) but stating how it was and now you seldom see one on the road- good though this is , it's largely due to their massive decline I suspect.
I do get hedgehogs round in the garden but not seen one lately. I don't go out in the evenings so much because of Dad plus elderly dog who barks at 4 resident foxes.
Henrietta wrote:I was only thinking of hedgehogs early when I caught a glimpse of one on TV. A sad thought came to mind how much they must be declining. Never mind stats and all that but from my memory when I first learnt to drive , squished hedgehogs were all over the place on all the roads (sorry) but stating how it was and now you seldom see one on the road- good though this is , it's largely due to their massive decline I suspect.
I do get hedgehogs round in the garden but not seen one lately. I don't go out in the evenings so much because of Dad plus elderly dog who barks at 4 resident foxes.
One of the main reason for the decline from over 30 million to just 1 million hedgehogs is that people are doing hard landscaping, and gardens are enclosed. Our estate was built in the 70's and the front gardens are open - ideal for the hoggies. I feed them every night of the year, even winter, and the most we have seen are 5 all at once. They are fun to watch. BUT do not give them milk and bread - that harms them. They eat kitten food ( but so will any cats) meal worms ( dried) and dry hedgehog food. I buy from the garden centre, meal worms and hedgehog food and mix it all together as that works out a bit cheaper. They also need fresh water. Please ask me for more info if you want it anyone !!
Mary,
We had a family of hedgehogs that visited our garden as children. We used to watch them coming to feed each evening.
Not seen any since I moved here almost 30 years ago.

Melly1
My slugs can't read, they love begonias!!, especially very young tender ones
MrsAverage wrote:My slugs can't read, they love begonias!!, especially very young tender ones
Oh dear, you must have a different kind of slug to mine!!! :-???
instead of pellets you can buy Nematodes to get rid of slugs and snails
microscopic beneficial nematodes that occur naturally in your soil. They are invisible to the naked eye and come as a powder, which is mixed with water and applied to the soil where they search out and invade the slugs.
you can get them in garden centres or online - completely natural and not harmful to pets, children or wildlife :)

A cheaper alternative would be beer traps - fill a plastic container with beer and bury it in the garden up to the lip of the container; the slugs/snails will drown themselves in their haste to get at it (just remember to empty and refill occasionally !).

(MrsA my slugs/snails can't read either ! I've given up planting begonias altogether :( )
nematodes - I will try that, sounds like a plan !!!!

Not sure why my slugs don't eat my begonias - they are small bedding begonias, does that make a difference?

I was ahead of Monty Don last week when he was at the Hampton Court Flower Show - he suggested a good idea would be to let part of your lawn grow to wildness and mow a path through it - I was happy at that as I had done it only two days earlier for the amusement of grandchildren amongst other things. I have never been ahead of a trend before....
Susie
Your beer rings have reminded me of the day I left my beef casserole dish out for the foxes. Next morning there was about an inch worth of slugs in the bottom-yuk, yuk and more yuk, never tried that one again.
when I first moved here 4 years ago I could go out to my garden early morning and collect a bucket full of snails and slugs; then I'd add them to the garden waste bin for collection along with the cuttings etc. Sometimes I'd look out into the garden and swear I could see platoons of the b*ggers marching across the lawn :shock:

Now 4 years on I still get a few snails but hardly ever see a slug :D

Best time to use nematodes (or anything else) is February/March as they start to hatch out in the soil so that you catch them early before they do much damage.