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