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Has anyone got any surefire ways to stop slugs and the like eating everything I've planted,It seems the only things they dont like are onions and potatoes that are thriving well in the veg patch . I did hear marigolds would be beneficial , I planted about 20 of those and they disappeared also, I would appreciate any help , thanks

KEF

Nematodes haven't really stopped my veg getting scoffed, think they may have helped but still getting stuff eaten under the butterfly / bird netting.

pansyface
Are those the giant African land snails? I had those in a stew once in Kenya.

Sounds like someone bought from a "pet" shop and got bored with them......some people never learn

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Lyn

Ah the poor things, I have a huge one in an aquarium, Brian Snail. They are supposed to be kept warn and moist, I am always spraying the tank.

If those two breed in the wild you will have to look out for your veg plots then.

Brian chomps his way through lettuce and cucumber.

Nice gentle pat for Brian...........at least he is well looked after  I wish other people would be like you Lyn.

They might be native...........but not to the UK I suspect.........whatever they may have been snorting

KEF

Edd, I'd need wellies to stamp on one of those, not my usual flip flops, might be messy  

Lyn I wouldn't stamp on your Brain

Kef............I think that might be Brian ?

KEF

Philippa I think I might be in the dog house...or I could live in a shell  I'm sure that pic wasn't Brian.

Lyn

They are African snails and I would have thought they needed warmth, thats what I was told, I worry about him in the winter, even though he is in the kitchen,


this is Brian, he is sleeping on his food plate , he has taken to doing this the past few days, he will pull all the food off it to sleep on it. There must be a brain in there somewhere!.

KEF

Lyn do you have to muck him out? Soz' only joking. At least you know where he is at all times

Lyn

Yes, I do muck him out, onto the compost heap.he quietly sits in a margarine tub. Often wondered what he would do if I left him in the garden for a while. It would have to be at night though, cos he sleeps all day, just like his little brothers.

He was so tiny as a baby, like a very small garden snail, grew quickly though.

Thanks for the pic Lyn......a well loved snail...........nice to see 

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Lyn

Keff, i bought this, its so fine I dont think it would even let a greenfly in.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/QVS-Shop-Purpose-Garden-Netting/dp/B00DI0B9RM/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1404243349&sr=8-7&keywords=butterfly+mesh

 soorry I dont have the link icon on my tablet.

KEF

Lyn not often that I'm lost for words

Lyn

I could supply the whole county with slugs!  I go around the garden with a stanley knife, if I pull back the edge where the grass meets the wood edge there a great clusters. I am not sure about breeding the nematodes in water, they live in the ground and only need to be damp. 

flumpy1

OMG! I have never seen snails so BIG!, I jumped back from my computer in shock! 

Lyn

Brian is sulking at the moment, I had to buy him lettuce and it was an Iceburg type, he wont eat the stalky bits. He hates tomato pips and actually spits them out.

Edd,  i know you wouldnt stamp on Brian, best not risk that, cos I could stamp on something of yours 

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