I have no doubt luck did play a factor, as this article by the Horticultural Week shows that slugs and snails were still enemy number 1 in 2013.
So what will this year ahead bring? Only time will tell, but the winter has been wet rather than cold and my fear is that the slugs are biding their time before they launch an attack just as I plant out my first seedlings.
As if our battle was not hard enough, it seems the UK slugs have requested international reinforcements in the guise of the Spanish Stealth Slug. More on this enemy can be found at Slug Watch.
This is war!