Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:28
I never spray anything except a blast from a hosepipe if aphids arrive before the ladybirds are out in force.
I use organic slug pellets from very early on and very sparingly and that seems to work for my hostas and other slug caviar but when I found the perishers munching I would lob them into the road to be squished.
I had a deal with the garden birds - I'll feed you all year round if you feed caterpillars and aphids to your chicks and save my veg. It mostly worked. Nets worked to keep pigeons of brassicas.
I did buy sachets of poison when the rats got to cheeky - country garden so inevitable but sometimes they just encroached too much from the fields.
No-one was allowed to squish wasps or spiders.
More of the same in this new garden except we have snails now, not slugs.