‘Barely touched!’ Monty Don shares soil hack to avoid slug and snail ‘attack’

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Gardeners’ World host Monty Don has shared more tips on social media for fellow gardening fans. In an Instagram post yesterday, Monty shared a photo of his hostas which are located in the Damp garden. The beautiful plants, which are known for their foliage and summer flowers, had been “barely touched” by slugs or snails.

Monty explained why he thought the plants had remained pest-free.

He said: “Hostas in the Damp garden. They barely get touched by slugs or snails.

“I believe this is because they are growing strongly in rich damp soil.

“Hostas in pots or in thinner, drier soil will always struggle, and slugs and snails will always attack a weak plant first.”

Hostas are perennials that thrive in medium shade and look great in containers.

They flower in July and August but come in a plethora of varieties; some with silver leaves, others with heart-shaped or crinkly leaves.

Monty’s post was inundated with comments from fellow gardening fans who wanted to know how he managed to keep his snails away.

One person asked: “So Monty….how do yours remain snail-free?”

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Another user questioned: “WHY DON’T SLUGS AND SNAILS EAT YOUR HOSTAS!!!!

“Mine are in pots and the blighters still devour them!!!

“We do have frogs and toads but they are not doing a great job!!” [sic]

Monty’s post also saw some gardening pros post their own snail and slug solutions.

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“I have used a homemade garlic drench on my dahlias and not a single chomp so far,” revealed one gardening fan.

They added: “Smells vile but does no harm to the plants.

“Snails, slugs etc. do not seem to like it one bit.”

Another person suggested: “I use crushed eggshells as well as wool pellets from the garden centre. Both work-ish!”

Another individual commented on the post: “This year I spread slug pellets around my hostas when they were little shoots just breaking ground because I read that most damage is done at that stage and the leaves are already holey when they grow.

“Worked a treat. Not one leaf nibbled. I will definitely be doing the same in future.”

Another said: “Plant mine in pots. Some are 15 years old. They grow well and aren’t eaten at all.”

Over the weekend, Monty posted a video of a toad crawling across his patio.

He wrote: “We have lots of toads in the garden – that all eat lots of slugs.”

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