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so the truth is out Kate you throw your slug and snails in some else's garden,100% recycling.have a good bank holiday I hope they don't come...

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so the truth is out Kate you throw your slug and snails in some else's garden,100% recycling.have a good bank holiday I hope they don't come back.
It would have been interesting to mark them with nail polish or some such and seen how many (and how quickly they) returned.

Would have been more fun to stamp on them. I'll get my coat


I love hostas and so obviously hate snails and slugs but I just can't bring myself to kill them. I bet they do come back. I will mark with them with nail polish and see


They'll come back..probably with a full pedicure and 6 mates



A woman I used to know in West London would fill carrier bags with snails and take them to what she called the BBC park at White City...perhaps that's why they moved up North?

Good to see someone with an alternative to that horribly cruel practice of putting them in salty water.  Stamping on them is instant and efficient also.  The nail polish painting and waiting game is interesting too.  Three returns is as many as I have observed, and observing the survivors from one year to another.  However I don't agree about the slugs...... I think they do more damage than the snails.  Sad story about the cornflower.


Pippa Greenwood on Gardeners World did the marking of snails experiment years ago. She was amazed that most of them came back!


rubber gloves, drop them into the bucket , punch them. Instant and as humane as possible, unlike the lingering salt death approach.


at this time of year, if you have tadpoles, drop the crushed snails into the pond. Tadpoles love them.

Hi Kate we have put our house on the market,and the viewers all ask why we have so many plants in the garden and why isn't it all grass from back to front and side to side,funny lot of people out there.
Kate Bradbury

Hi all, thanks for all your comments. The snails will have a job coming back - the wildlife area of the park is across two roads and a railway line.

Old Chippy - sorry to hear that so many people don't like your garden! I hope a nice gardener buys your house who will appreciate all your hard efforts.


Susan in Portugal
Oh heck .. I hope that park is a LONG way away as snails can 'home' for three MILES !!!!

Hi Kate tried to down load pictures of garden with no luck so I posted it on G/W facebook page David Page.


I havent seen a thrush in garden for 2 years and only hedgehogs ive seen have played too near to the road so the same fate awaits my slugs and snails /a trip to local woods in long grass they will take there chances. Ive used the organic pellets in past but not so good according to latest article in april GW mag so i used hair and home made garlic spray but still over whelmed withe snails /it must hae been the mild wet winter

Sunflower, is it you who puts up great flower photos on Blipfoto??????


I have horrendous problems with slugs and snails, my husband made me a veggie plot a couple of years ago but have had to give up on that idea as they were eating everything no matter what I did. Don't use slug pellets as have pets, resident frogs and think its cruel. So I`m now turning the plot into a cottage style garden but the slugs are attacking again. I am gonna have to do the torch vigil, much to my husbands amusment.


I go out ever night with the torch and collect snail and slugs and put them in my garden bin so they have food

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