Ahhhh, you may have screamed upon inspecting your hosta bonsai accent plants. The slugs and snails have been out overnight to devastate your plants, leaving very little behind. You start to search for the culprits but in reality they can hide in places you will never get to.

There are many products available to use but there are also reasons why they may not be ideal. For example, slug pellets are no use if you have pets or local wildlife. In addition, while we use copper tape, it doesn’t look good on bonsai accent pots.

Another option is to try garlic solution, of which slugs do not seem too keen to eat treated leaves.

So here is a simple solution for you to try making in your kitchen at home. Better still, you don’t need to be Delia Smith to make it.

How to make the Garlic solution

Crush the two cloves of garlic or push them through a garlic grinder and then add to 2 pints of boiling water. After simmering for 3 minutes, remove from the hob and allow the mixture to cool. Unless you like the smell of garlic in your home, you may want to allow it to cool outside. Once cooled, pour the mixture into a storage container.

How to use the garlic solution

The solution should be used as a preemptive strike and can be applied every one to two weeks.

Add 5ml of the solution to 5 litres of water in your watering can or sprayer and apply over your hosta plants. The solution is best applied during the day to allow the liquid to dry, leaving behind the garlic residue.

Well its as simple as that folks and hopefully the slugs will move on to find a new favourite restaurant, leaving you hosta plants alone.