Yes, your quite right @Elaine.colville - need some natural predators to keep the slugs at bay. I go find lots of empty snail shells but I think the slugs hide under the pots, whereas the snails can only hide around the pots 👍🏼
Plant diary time 🤓 - the last of the Echinacea's purchased in September. Despite the bud, I don't think it will fully open before the cold snap starts. So as much as I want to see it flower, I'm going to cut it off so that this youngster can preserve its energy into root growth.