Meet Arion vulgaris, the Spanish slug, considered among the 100 worst alien species in Europe. First identified in Belgium in 1973, recent mild winters and wet summers have caused an explosion in their numbers. With the rain this year the gardens in Brussels are overrun with Spanish slugs. While most gardeners can accept a level …Read More about Meet the Spanish slug
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This month has been exceptional for slugs and snails. With the milder winter and now the very wet spring, the slug population has gone through the roof. Every gardener’s nightmare has been realised, the slugs are eating faster than plants can be planted. The weather conditions and the ample supply of fresh young plants in …Read More about Slugs in May
Spring cleaning in the garden is particularly important for people growing vegetables in containers on paved areas. As the first job of the season, cleaning off all surfaces and weeding paths and edges helps to keep down pests during the year. Washing down all paths and tiles with a basic household cleaning liquid (mixed strong …Read More about Spring cleaning
The spring time is every gardener’s nightmare. All the young plants are taken outside into the garden and the slugs and snails have a feast day. As the average Brussels garden can have a community of over 1000 of these creatures, this can be a difficult time of year. Slugs and snails are basically the …Read More about Invasion of the snails
Strawberries grow well in the Belgium climate. They are however bothered by pests, particularly slugs. By slightly elevating the plants this can afford some protection. This pot with various openings, sat on top of another pot also enables turning the plants as the season progresses.
The average Brussels city garden can have a resident population of up to 2,000 slugs. Some gardeners take this personally and become obsessed with hunting each and every one down. More sensible strategies include planting slightly more mature seedlings and plants resistant to slugs.