The unseasonably wet weather that has characterised this summer has had mixed results for gardeners – but one point of frustration is the fact that this has produced ideal breeding conditions for slugs.
This is particularly the case as the the weather in early summer followed on from a relatively mild winter.
In an article for the Guardian, garden writer and author of Gardening in a Changing Climate Ambra Edwards said those who are nurturing hostas will be having a particularly tough time.
She said that some varieties are already fairly resistant – and particularly those that are characterised by blue or thick, puckered leaves.
"Hostas will grow almost anywhere, as long they're not blasted by hot noon-day sun," the expert commented, advising green-fingered enthusiasts not to overlook mulching to maintain the plants.
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