Posted: 15/07/2014 at 23:59
For the less scientific. Not some new cultivar of a bean or pea. No this is the scentific classification of our now, well known garden helper, or destroyer. Depens which way one looks at it. So this friend/enemy, the gastropod? Let me introduce the Hon Mr Slug and Snail. Let's be honest. Even amongst the dedicated naturalist, the past two years have been HELL, in the garden. As so many of my forum friends have posted. 'I waited so long for the seeds to sprout, and befoer I could blink, a slug or snail had chomped it away. So in attemptes to help and advise, as well as offer some kind thoughts, feelings and suggestetions. Many of us added our meagre two pennarth. I for one so often said. Kill them. Then arose debates regarding ways and means. Some kind persons said. I collect them up and chuck them over the fence. From me. They will come back. Then the squeamish would say. I just can't kill anything. Believe me. I do not wish to offend anyone. However there come the time when you must act. Or might you be one of the idle rich. Pay out for seeds and plants and sit there and watch them being eaten up. Apart from my usual grab and squash. I have used slug and snail pellets. Some claim that there is a risk to wildlife. I can't say yes or no to that. I have found them to be beneficial. However. Especially in the greenhouse. After a while the pellets go all furry and are unsightly. Then although wishing to destroy. I have stood and watch as a snail or slug has come into contact with the pellets. Even I have to admit. It's not a pretty sight. A slight digession. Every living thing on this beautiful planet, is here for a purpose. IMHO mankind has yet, once again cocked everything up. The gastropods were content for however length of time, to forage and clean up fallen debris. Then something went wrong. Now they will eat anything in their path. I have used chemical spray solutions. When I say spray. Actually the directions for use, usually refer to watering via a can. I found that using a spry, less waste and soil pollution, plus, fences and containers can also be sprayed. However whetherornot these methods worked, there was always many if's and but's. The various chemicals in pellets sprays etc, in most cases are neutralised after a down pour. Some have suggested garlic etc. Give it a go. Now from a scientific angle. The gastropod is made up mostly of water/moisture/mucous. Much more than any of us humans. Now. There is a process known as, 'Osmosis' This is where the natural balance is intervened/violated. Common table salt, will in fact prove to be gastros' worst enemy. It immediatedly causes the moisture to dry up. THe victim become toatally dehydrated in seconds. No frothing up etc. A light sprinkling of salt around your favourites, or a light spraying of salt water. Following a rain fall. The salt remains. Answers on a post card.