I have secretly held a grudge against one of our clients for the past three years. She is the guardian of a garden full of healthy, happy and most importantly ‘hole-free’ Hostas.
Being particularly keen on the aforesaid plants, I do reach boiling point somewhere in July, when maddening molluscs have munched my Hostas to a fretwork of nothingness.
The answer, my friends, is to employ the ‘Giddings Guard’ (named after aforementioned Hosta Heroine).
A reel of green, plastic lawn edging (available from B&Q), which is cut to size and pushed into the ground around the Hostas as they start into growth. The inside of the guard is then filled with sharp grit.
For a belt and braces approach, a garlic wash can be watered onto the foliage. This is made, somewhat amazingly!) from four garlic cloves boiled in two pints of water. The resultant concentrate is then decanted to a plastic bottle on diluted 3 capfuls to a gallon and watered onto the foliage weekly.
Come on Mr Slug and Monsieur Snail, IT’S WAR!