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Parts of my garden have resembled something of a battleground this year. Why is it that all my favourite plants and crops have their very own pest to contend with? Grow lilies and you'll be hard pressed not to find lily beetle munching them. My
). For now, the important thing to remember is that frogs, toads, hedgehogs and birds can all help the gardener in the battle against slugs and snails, but if you don't have pests to feed these welcome predators they're not going to take up residence
'll be getting to work in their battle against my pests far sooner than any influx of ladybirds from abroad later in the year!
to follow projects precisely, while stunning close-ups can capture those moments of perfection for posterity. Then there are the problems and garden pests. Oh yes, my garden is full of them, each being photographed and displayed with pride in print, getting
feed on pollen from the open flowers, and hopefully breed and lay eggs. Developing larvae then feed on aphids, acting as a form of natural pest control.When I experimented with the 'square foot vegetable plot' planting technique a couple of years ago, I