GBBO star shares easy 4-ingredient spray to keep slugs away for good

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Many summer gardens are currently a sight to behold with their bloomed flowers and nearly ripe crops; that is, if they manage to escape the ravenous appetites of slugs.

Slugs, snails, and a whole host of pests will snack on pretty much any plant they encounter, leaving gardeners often unaware of the havoc wreaked until the tell-tale signs of nibbled leaves appear.

Yet, Nancy Birtwhistle, renowned household guru and winner of the Great British Bake Off, has revealed a simple, homemade solution that promises to fend off these pesky intruders from your garden permanently.

She explained: "Even the keenest eyes can oversee bugs and pests and if left untreated can soon damage your favourite roses, shrubs and veggies."

"I have spent time reading and trying various natural bug treatments over the past two years. Some potions had no effect whatsoever and after much trying and failing, trying and failing I consider the following two recipes to be effective.", reports the Express.

Here's how to protect your flowers from pests:.

What you'll need:.

Rhubarb leaves are laden with oxalic acid, which not only deters slugs but is also toxic to aphids, caterpillars, mites, and flies, keeping them at bay from your blooms.

Slice up the rhubarb leaves finely using scissors, then take one litre of cold water in a saucepan, toss in the shredded leaves, and allow it to simmer for half an hour.

After letting the liquid cool within the pan, strain it and then decant the concoction into a sizable spray bottle.

Add one or two drops of washing-up liquid and 20 drops of clove buds oil, then shake well before use and spray around your flowers.

However, it should be noted that oxalic acid is toxic which is why it should not be used on crops and should be not used if you own pets, but there is another alternative homemade spray you can use.

Nancy said: "This spray contains oxalic acid which is a poison and for that reason, I will not be using it on my edibles - fruit, vegetables etc. Add the boiled leaves to the compost heap."

How to keep pests away from your vegetable and fruit crops.

You will need:.

Make sure to wear gardening gloves as you will need to cut any nettle weeds in your garden with scissors.

Cut the nettles into two or three inches and then place them in a large pan or bowl with a lid and pour over 600ml of cold water.

Stir the mixture and make sure the nettles are completely submerged in the water, then place the lid on and leave the mixture outside in your garden.

Forget about the mixture for at least a week but it is better to wait two weeks, then take off the lid, stir the mixture and strain it.

It should be noted that this nettle homemade repellent will smell "really awful" according to Nancy which is why it works so well to stop pests from eating your plants.

However, be prepared for the smell when you open the lid. It may be best to wear gardening gloves and an apron to make sure the liquid does not get on your clothes.

Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, then add two drops of eco-friendly washing-up liquid and six drops of clove bud oil. After giving it a vigorous shake, proceed to spray the solution.

Nancy explained: "This spray I will use on my vegetables as it not only kills aphids, the clove bud oil will deter insects, the washing up liquid helps it to stick to the leaves and not run straight off and the foul-smelling nettle water is adored by plants and will give them a welcome liquid feed."

"I would not harvest any vegetables until two days after spraying and wash well."

It's crucial to apply these DIY repellents only in the evening because daytime spraying can endanger pollinating insects like bumblebees that are active during daylight hours.

Nancy further advised: "Always spray after the sun has gone down, when the weather is still and dry. Never spray during the day when our important flying insects bees, wasps, butterflies, ladybirds etc are out doing their best."