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gardeningfantic

Hello all,

I have been reading and hearing on best ways to get rid of snails.. now I personally dotn like to get rid.. as they feed the blackbirds and thrushes that have now taken residence in my garden.. so what I do and find is hte best way for all.. is..

take large flower water tray.... then find a smaller one by at least half or more in size and a rock. place this smaller one inside the larger one. and put rock in to keep it in place.

place salt in the gully between the two trays. fill it up with a enough to fill it half way at least....place in shaded area.

then go snail hunting.  then put all u find in the smaller tray.. and leave for the birds to eat. the snails wont go over the salt.. and even if it rains it stays salty and they wont go thru it.  the blackbirds and thrushes come and use the stone to break the shells and eat them. and all are happy.i find the birds also root through my plants looking for more. when tray is empty and they keep them at bay. 

with slugs u can do the same thou i leave them in a seperate one.. but the black ones i put back as i believe they are not plant eaters..  if u have frogs or hedghogs they will come get them.

Good idea, I 'm going totry that at the weekend

gardeningfantic

your very welcome ladies. let me know how it goes. :)

do you mind if I share this on my local gardening facebook page?

plant pauper

That's one of those "why didn't I think of that?" ideas!

Brilliant! I hope it works.

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I wouldn't actually bet on your Hedgehogs or your Frogs coming to get them as you describe. Nice idea tho

gardeningfantic

aw that is shame phillippasmith2. but at least the birds get fed. great to have the song thrush back in the garden

Yes, but do you have enough birds to get through three or four hundred slugs a day because I don't . I turned over a paving stone the other day and found a toad enjoying the damp space. He was sharing it with eight slugs, two of which were lying against him. Nobody looked hungry or nervous.

wakeshine

GF is there a photo of the device?

michael mpc

hi gardeningfantic    sounds like I good idea might try that for a look  I am lucky in some ways I have 2lots of blackbirds in the leylandi trees 2 gardens away and I have had loads ////loads of broken  empty shells next to my posts in bin area    I was told last week the garden community  say that there pond has lots of frogspawn in so when frogs grow will get a few and make  a damp place for them       

Kitty 2

Posy:  Three or four hundred a day! .  What do you do with them all?

I think that might be a world record.

green fingered finch
Posy says:

Yes, but do you have enough birds to get through three or four hundred slugs a day because I don't . I turned over a paving stone the other day and found a toad enjoying the damp space. He was sharing it with eight slugs, two of which were lying against him. Nobody looked hungry or nervous.

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 Hahaha Posy that made me laugh. Slugs cosying up with mr toad. Typical! 

I like the sound of the slug salt bath device and would also like to see a picture please gardeningfantic 

I wish, Kitty. That's just what I pick off my plants in an hour or so on a damp summer night. I'm afraid they go into a strong salt solution. This year I have been gathering them in handfuls, not one at a time!

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I was watching 3 of the local Hedgehogs in my garden last night.  One was stuffing his face in the feed bowl, another had rolled into a ball as he/she was being bullied and the 3rd was having a drink of water.

There were at least 4 or 5 slugs lounging around and not one Hog even looked at them.  There were also several Frogs which had come out of the pond and I didn't see them take much notice of our slimey friends either

Kitty 2

I have areas of my garden which are a favourite hangout of slugs&snails, I don't count them but I reckon I've never collected more than 50 at a time in my "salty bucket".

I admire your persistence Posy, I couldn't do it every day.

michael mpc

hi   posy and   above  what I do with my snails  we have a bus  comes past every hour I toss them in road to catch the bus as you say for some reason the crows don't eat the big slugs (only reason I can think to big to eat????? they eat smaller slugs  

gardeningfantic

hi all sorry yes i will load a picture later. having trouble with my camera at mo. been trying all weekend. get it to take picture in focus.. it is rather old one.  if not i will draw one and can copy it thru the pc

gardeningfantic
green fingered finch says:

Can't picture where you mean to place the salt!??

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here u go and also wakeshine here is piccie . sorry not in focus. but this is one mine. this is upside down freesbie and tray.. as long as outer is bigger than inner so they cant stretch over.. the salt sits in between the outer of hte big one and small one

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