With fears that a plague of 500 billion slimy molluscs are munching their way through the nation’s herbaceous borders, comes welcoming news of ways to halt the devastation.  The ravenous gastropods capable of eating up to 40 times their own bodyweight of plant material in a single sitting can leave a slimy trail of destruction where plants such as hostas,

delphiniums, dahlias, sweet peas and tulips grow.  Soft, fleshy seedlings are easy targets for a greedy gastropod equipped with 27,000 teeth.  Last year slugs and snails asserted themselves as the gardener’s number one enemy after a review by the Royal Horticultural Society of the number of pleas it received for advice on tackling pests. READ MORE