Gardeners are known for reading the weather. This is becoming more difficult these days with strange swings in the weather. Belgium presently has a late summer heatwave, due to last another week before temperatures drop by about 10 degrees. This end of season extra heat is ideal for finishing off tomatoes presently green, so good …Read More about Summer extra
The Spanish slug (Arion vulgaris) is here to stay. While it has only been a few years since the Spanish slug took over from our local snails as the main garden problem, it beholds upon the gardener to learn how to live with these creatures. Each year is a new learning opportunity for understanding these …Read More about Living with Spanish slugs
With the end of the gardening season it is time to start preparing for next year. This is the time to clear away old plant material and containers and wash down pathways with a mild detergent solution. This is also the most important time for addressing snail and slug problems in the garden. Slugs and …Read More about Slug prevention time
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.