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What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 08:29

salad fingers, they just come back if you throw them over the fence  

What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 19:41

no time to take snails for walkies

Maybe i need to make my salt water stronger 

Alina - you know the bag gets crushed in the bin lorry


Posted: 02/08/2012 at 19:38

My 2 cosmos are about 30cm high, the ones I actually sowed never appeared and these are self seeded. not holding out for an amazing display


What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 09:56

At my old house, I used to take them for a walk and put them in the central resevation of the A12 in London, thinking that if they made it home then good on them for getting over a 3 lane A road  

The country side is a bit far away just to take snails. 

We only really have wood pigeons and crows round here. 

I do occastionally see a frog/toad in the garden but I bet he doesn't like the chrunchy bits. 

Might try the ammonia - haven't actually dealt with them yet, they might have to wait until I finish work  


What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 22:26

Yet again I have collected a load of snails in a bucket!! dozens and dozens of them  

Whats the quickest way to dispatch them? it got too dark and I had to finish tidying up so i have just left them in the bucket with a lid on them.

is there something I could put in the bucket, I have tried salt water before and some still escape. I was wondering is something like Jeyes fluid might work but would that be a slow death. i have nothing agaist snails on an individual basis but on mass they have ruined the garden this year. i dont wont to prolong the suffering of any creature.

even thought about boiling the kettle.............

i can't deal with crunching them, although several got stepped on tonight but the noise goes right through me.

What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 22:11

@ Linda, to add a photo, click the 3rd icon from the right on  #Here# the tool bar above, it looks like a tree and then just select your image off your hard drive, it will upload it and resize it for you.

Not sure I have any nice photos from this year.

I like a really full cottage garden bursting with colour and scent, right here in the middle of London. Nothing too regimented, normally no spare soil. i dont have meny shrubs and its a bit bare in the winter, but normally from april to October its pretty special.

I have just come in from a couple of hours in the garden tonight, collected a bucket full of snails, ripped out a load of nasturtiums as they were becoming triffids. Staked all my glads, although only 2 are thinking about budding, looking longingly at my day lilies willing them to do something, pleading the rust, mildew, black spot, leaf cutter bees, slugs, snails and the vile weevil would bog off. (actually found a vine weevil tonight first time, normally i just get their hideous sprogs)  And have covered the place in slug pellets as my alstroemerias who normally flower they socks off for 6 months of the year, now the first flush of flowers is over the new shoots are just getting mowed down by the snails.

Kew Gardens Admission Offer For August

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 13:16


Are sterile plants any good for wildlife?

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 11:14

Lunarz, don't be afraid of annuals or biennials. For a wild life garden they are perfect. Insects love them and normally once you have a selection of annual wild flowers, you wont get rid of them. They will self seed and reappear year in year out with little effort. 

I haven't bought or purposely sown foxgloves, forget me nots or poppies for years. Might wang the flower heads round the garden a bit, but thats it. Sunflowers always pop up all over the place.

Carrots have feelings too

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 10:57

Frank you meanie!  

Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 23:16

right now my biggest problem are nasturtiums - they are every where and growing like triffids.

@Christopher - how do you get your alstormerias to take over? mine have grown too tall this year, fallen over and then the snails have had a feild day. normally i get flowers from April to October/November - aftera first flush of flowers they are really struggling to regrowm

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