Gardening enemy No 1 : slugs and snails.
Tricky creatures who can decimate a bedding plant or lettuce overnight. As soon a spring arrives so do the slugs, nasty slimy creatures which can shred a Hosta overnight or devastate a tender Delphinium.
There are many effective ways to beat the slugs such as beer traps, nematodes, picking and dispatching. The Sunday Gardener has detailed advice on how to beat the slugs.
Advice also on what to do about bedding plants a key target for slugs. It is very disheartening after planting rows of attractive summer bedding plants to find that the slugs have had the best of them. Sometimes bedding plants can be rescued; and here is how to rescue a chewed up bedding plant.