Pardon the Weeds, We’re Feeding the Bees

The bottom of our vegetable garden has always been a difficult weedy spot, the usual suspects such as nettles and docks with some rather beautiful cow parsley. For a couple of years we tried to tame this area to turn it over to growing food, but over time we realised it wasn’t going to happen.

The first year we tried digging it all out removing as much root as we could. They came back. The second year we tried covering with cardboard to block out light and nutrients. They came back again. Weed killer is a big NO in our garden, so this left us with one option – leave it be and let it go wild. And you know what, I’m so glad we did! Alive with bees and other wildlife, this has quickly become our favourite part of the garden.

A log pile in the garden can be home to many types of garden wildlife. How cute is this mouse?! I probably won’t think so when she steals my peas!!

The nettle patches and docks are flowering now and attracting small moths we have never seen in the garden before. Bees and hoverflies flock to the cow parsley flowers which are just starting to go over. We added a little pond at the beginning of the year which has blended in beautifully and already home to some rather fat tadpoles, the frog and newt population in our garden has grown from strength to strength since putting in numerous wildlife ponds over the years, the total count now is 3 wildlife ponds (no fish) with one large fish pond near the house. It’s so lovely to watch bees and birds drinking from them too.

We planted buddleia which are very attractive to butterflies when in flower and sown numerous wildflower seed mixes.

The wood forget-me-not further down the border were already well established and such a welcome sight in spring, we have enjoyed the flowers for much longer this year due to the prolonged cold/wet weather in May. On the far side of the garden near the compost bins we decided to leave a section of grass to grow, just a wide strip which has become a refuge for frogs during the hot weather we’ve been having lately.

If you can, allow a section of your garden or allotment to grow wild. It doesn’t have to be large, just a small area can be a safe haven or source of food for garden visitors.

Slug Gone Wool Pellets Review

Slugs and snails are partying hard at the moment, thanks to the consistent wet weather creating the perfect environment for them. I’ve never been tempted to use traditional garish blue slug pellets, I just don’t see the point of attracting the little munchers to my veg in the first place and it doesn’t sit right with me, poisoning my soil and other wildlife too. And I’m probably going to be heckled for admitting this but I’ll put it out there anyway…I don’t like the thought of killing slugs either (I’m a live and let live sort of girl) so I’ve been looking into safer, healthier and cruelty-free ways of controlling them for all concerned. Slug Gone wool pellets have grabbed my attention many times over, I like the idea of using a natural product on my allotment and veg garden without killing anything in the process.

So how do they work?

Once wet the pellets swell and spread out to form a protective woolly mat which irritates the foot (the underneath part which they use to move around) of slugs and snails. There are other benefits to using wood pellets too, they act as a mulch, supressing weeds and retaining moisture. This mat stays put for a long while, protecting your plants even through prolonged wet or dry weather, eventually breaking down releasing organic nutrients back into the soil.

If you’ve never heard of these slug pellets before take a quick peek at the video below for a demo.

Do they do the job?

Well I’m happy to say, yes they do! There’s no sign of slug or snail activities on my plants protected by Slug Gone, even comfrey and brassica stay damage-free which are usually slug magnets. We have an army of frogs in the garden and nocturnal visitors such as hedgehogs which do a great job of controlling slug numbers naturally, but the allotment site is the number one hang out for slugs for obvious reasons meaning it can be difficult to control. This is where Slug Gone really helps me the most.

I bought a 10 litre tub with my hard-earned pennies pounds, yes, the price tag is pretty hefty and you do need to put down quite a lot around plants hence why I went for a massive tub, but they work so I don’t mind so much.

This review is completely based on my own needs and wants for slug control, see for yourself if you like them.

Click here to visit Slug Gone website.