Do Slugs Eat Broad Beans?

Something munching at your broad beans, could it be the old enemy? Do slugs even eat broad beans? Let’s have a look and find out.

Do Slugs Eat Broad Beans
Do Slugs Eat Broad Beans

Do Slugs Like Broad Beans?

Slugs will eat broad beans, but they are not top of their list when it comes to plants to munch on.

There isn’t much a slug won’t eat, but there are certain plants they prefer over others. Broad beans don’t come out at the top of the list for slugs so they will avoid them if tastier munch can be found nearby.

This has led to some people calling broad beans a “slug resistant” vegetable. but I think this is a little far fetched as they will happily eat broad beans if there is nothing else about.

Broad beans can deal with slug damage pretty well though as long as they are established. Older plants will put on growth at such a rate that slugs aren’t much of an issue, where the problem lies is with younger plants being eaten.

A young seedling can totally disappear overnight if targeted by slugs, so what can you do?

Well, the easiest thing to do is only plant your beans out when they are larger, you really only need to do this if slugs are a real problem in your garden. If you put bigger plants out then the slugs won’t be able to do much damage before the beans start romping away.

You can also use half of an old pop bottle as a sort of protective mini greenhouse to keep slugs off your young plants.

Another top tip is to only water in the mornings, slugs don’t like crawling over dried soil and many come out at night. So by watering in the morning and giving the soil time to dry by night you can keep some of them away. If it rains then there isn’t much you can do but this is a nice and easy step to take anyway and it is something I always try and do.

How to deal with slugs

Here are a few different ways you can deal with slugs, some organic, some not.

Slugs Pellets

The classic way to kill off slugs and it does work, there are however drawbacks.

Firstly the little blue pellets aren’t safe to have around if you have pets or young children who might digest them accidentally.

Next, there is the fact that they may be harmful to slugs’ natural predators like hedgehogs who eat slugs killed by pellets, therefore, ingesting the poison themselves.

And then there is the mess they leave, lots of dead slugs on the surface of your garden with nasty trails everywhere.

Nematodes

This is a natural and organic way to kill slugs. There are all kinds of nematodes, which are tiny little creatures that live in your soil, some of these nematodes kill slugs.

This is completely natural and is what happens in your soil all the time. By adding nematodes you are just increasing the number of the slug killing type.

One of the advantages of this method aside from the fact you don’t have to use poison is that part of the way the nematodes kill the slugs makes them burrow into the ground before dying, so no nasty dead slugs lying around!

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06/26/2022 05:10 am GMT

Slug Traps

You can set up traps to capture slugs and then dispose of them how you wish. There are lots of different ways to do this but one of the more popular ones is a beer trap.

With a beer trap, you set a container, usually a plastic tub of some kind, level with the surface of the soil. You want it level with the surface so slugs can easily get into it but you want the bottom to be deep, so they can’t get out.

You then fill the bottom with some beer, which slugs adore, and leave it. The slugs will make their way into the trap and either drown or be waiting there come morning for you to get rid of them.

One downside to this apart from all the slug carcases you will be getting rid of is that the beer is so potent that it can apparently attract slugs up to 200 meters away and therefore bring even more slugs into your garden than were there before!

Torch & Bucket

The manual method, and as is often the case with the manual method, this is very effective but time-consuming. Wait until dark and go out into the garden with a torch, some gloves and a bucket and start collecting slugs.

This is best done on a damp night after heavy rain as then the slugs will be everywhere, happy hunting!

Daniel

Daniel

Hey, I'm Daniel. Having worked as a professional gardener for years as well as keeping a private allotment I decided to create this website to help spread my knowledge. I love gardening and hope to show you just how rewarding it can be!

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