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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?

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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!
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...

Edd

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.

Edd
Victoria Sponge wrote (see)
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?

 

They will be slug mites Victoria. Likely to be Riccardoella limacum or at least a very close relation. They can easily be found on wild slugs and snails. They are tiny, white, move very quickly and are true blood feeders:

Salino
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..

 

 

Edd

Above average Salino. Above average im sure. ( who wants a average garden).

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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

Edd

Did you crop all the slugs out. Lol.

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!