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pansyface

As you say Mike, everything on earth has its role in the great scheme of things. Snails and slugs' digestive tracts are designed to convert old plants back into their molecular components with the result that these components become available as food to new plants. They are mobile compost heaps. 

So I put mine on the compost heap where they can do what nature intended them to do. By being congregated there in their hundreds they are also a sitting target for the blackbirds and thrushes which have learnt to go to the compost heap to find them.

I leave em alone, after a few years things settle down, they now seem to pick on things that are either very young or unhappy and therefore weak, its quite interesting to see that in my cabbage patch, only the weaker plants have been nibbled, i would love to post a pic, but only have a phone, will email a pic for someone else to post?
There is more than enough to go round, i wont starve if i loose one or two crops! I feel fortunate to live in a country where food production can be just a hobby
Annie2810

Very good point,bekkie. One I will try to remember more often.

Victoria Sponge

I found this slug yesterday in my hedgehogs food bowl


 It had several tiny white bugs on it, moving around at speed, but you can't make them out in the pic for food dust.

Are these a form of nematode or are slugs prone to mites or something?

Must be a parasite that is adapted to slugs if they arent getting stuck in the slime

Why do slugs and snails like paper so much? They have even eaten the label on my snail spray!

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I just find it funny.

I really like slugs and snails, especially when they are on tbe kitchen door which is glass and i can see underneath, their mouth parts/ faces remind me of a horse or rhino.

Maybe im just odd
Victoria Sponge

I'm quite fond of snails. I left my fence baskets up all winter as the snails were sheltering on the fuzzy brown liner stuff

Salino

..I completely agree with posts by pansyface at 06.09 and bekkie hughes at 07.06... refreshing to see that attitude...

..incidentally one of the best selling gardening books is ''50 Ways to Kill a Slug'' by Sarah Ford....  it's an irreverent look at the subject but it's surprising what you can learn... I never knew slugs were hermaphrodites for instance and can breed with themselves.... perish the thought..lol...

..apparently the average garden has about 200... presumably this is on top of all the snails, which I think do more damage actually... but at least they are natives, unlike most of the stuff we plonk in the ground for them to eat...

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Edd wrote (see)

200!!!!! Think that is a miss type.

Research has shown that the average UK garden has a population of over20,000 slugs and snails. A cubic metre of garden will on average contain up to 200 slugs. A slug's slime enables it to glide without difficulty over glass shards, or even the edge of a razor blade.

..I did find that a bit odd.... but similarly, I would find 20,000 excessive, and 200 in a cubic metre..?  not sure about that... at least in my garden... they appear like thousands but I wouldn't put it that high really...perhaps my garden isn't average...?..lol..

 

 

If all goes well, the very lovely Victoria Sponge will post some pics of my veggies for me, i just want to show that im not lying that it is possible not to have to fight gastrpods
Victoria Sponge

photos from bekkie hughes:


 


 


 Phew, think it worked finally...just had to crop them a bit bekkie

Just on the bus to the gym so may loose tinterweb!

Big thank you to VS!

See, i dont control slugs and snails And can still grow brassicas! The pidgeons on the otherhand have been a nusence!

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Maybe the weeds deter the slugs??? Bonus!
LesleyK

You veg look brilliant bekkie  But yes you are a bit weird If I had slugs climbing the glass I'd shut the curtains

Seriously though You have a very good point in that we are so lucky to be in a country where growing a garden (any type) can be a hobby.

 

pansyface

A very commendable veg patch Bekkie. I hope it matures into something you enjoy.

As you say about living in a country where gardening is just a hobby, we'd all be a lot slimmer if we had to live off what we produced ourselves!

Sorry, i came over a bit ott, i just think we stress so much! I probably wont even eat most of this stuff, so what does it matter if the creatures eat it. Wish i could grow choc orange digestives!

Yes i would certainly be much slimmer if i ate what i grow! The pic dosent show it, i was a little embarassed of the weeds etc, but there are 19 fruit trees a fruit bed and a patch of pumkins, sweetcorn and beans, i just enjoy growing and thank my lucky stars that i can choose to eat it or give it away.
Fishy65

Anyone for ready salted slugs? On wandering into my garden this morning,I found the local gastropods had been feasting once more on my young foxgloves,gorging their fat faces on virginal sap. Note - anyone who believes slugs/snails don't like foxgloves,think again. I had left the young plants in pots for as long as possible,so as to reach a size where they might withstand the slug onslaught. Now in the border,its clear that without some kind of intervention from myself the slugs will reduce them to stumps if I allow it. Maybe its because I have lots of shady spots in my garden that I have a lot of slugs,I don't know.Foxgloves enjoy shade I hear but so do slugs,so in the seeming absence of natural predators,I sought out the culprits in their daytime lairs. There they were,the tell-tale signs of fresh sap around their greedy mouths,waiting for darkness to fall before venturing forth to seek out new victims. The slug is at his most vulnerable during the day,it is when his powers are at their weakest. Thus,clutching my Bible and armed with my drum of Saxa,I struck a blow for plants the world over