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when snails ‘clang’ and slugs ‘plop’ into the bucket I have just been carrying around the garden!

There had been a rain shower, no surprises there then, so I donned some garden gloves as I can’t bear to touch Slugs, and picked up around twenty of the critters.

Just to say that most of them were lurking within the foliage of Geraniums, even though they seem to dislike nibbling on them, whilst some Snails were climbing up the garden fence in search of lush Clematis foliage.

There IS a Frog in the garden, and without him I probably would have found many more SAS.

Do other GoY members go about at dusk picking off these pests?

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I don't I'm afraid. I fear it is a thankless task in my garden, there are just far too many! I have been doing chemical warfare instead....I know, it's against the rules of proper combat, but needs must. next year I might return to more p.c. methods of control. Good for you though Shirley....keep plopping!!

29 May, 2013

 

I do, I tend to skewer the slugs with a stick, ending up with a kind of slug kebab, and snails get hurled against a brick wall to see them off.
I don't mind handling them, and don't like wearing gloves, so I just pick up handfuls of snails and throw, first making sure there are no dog walkers passing by, that would be unfortunate for them to get in the way of a handful of flying snails!lol

29 May, 2013

 

Karen... whats the stuff you use for prevention... have looked in a few GC's locally, but haven't found any yet.Sorry to but in on your blog S.t

29 May, 2013

 

We use the little blue jobs I am afraid, we have so much foliage for them to hide under, our garden would be shredded, and our Hostas would be in ribbons!!and people do not pay to see a garden eaten to pieces....;~(

29 May, 2013

 

It is called 'slug Away'. It is a fairly small bottle, but you dilute it quite a lot, and so it goes quit a long way. Not far enough though...I shall have to get some more next week. It's not cheap. I can't remember whether it is a nematode, but you water it in to damp soil on a dry day with a watering can. It kills em.

Louisa!!!! You don't look that violent type!!! Slug kebab indeed!! Do you put it on the BBQ after? Lol!

29 May, 2013

 

Lousia, I am shocked at your method of controlling the SAS in your garden! I wouldn't be able to skewer them, and I know by putting them in the brown bin, I am sealing their fate. No wonder I would never buy the soil conditioner or compost re-cycled by the Council, too many folk put bugs in their bins! ... lol!

Gralew - no worries ... it's good to share! Well, the deterrents, not the SAS ... :o)

Dotty - one snail was actually mocking ,,, it was sitting on the grit I had put around a Hosta cutting in a terracotta pot ... :o(

29 May, 2013

 

A bucket of very salty water and a pair of old kitchen tongs. Right into the council bin it drops!!!
Although I don't do it as much as I used to.

29 May, 2013

 

Slugs - pinch of salt. Snails (front garden - in the road, take yer chance, you slimy blighters), snails (back garden - on garage roof, all-you-can-eat for thrushes)

29 May, 2013

 

That's what I call them too, Shirley T - the SAS!
Couldn't skewer them like Louisa, but put in brown bin where at least they'll have lots of stuff to munch on before they go! Although sometimes I do put them on the bird table, upside down in the case of snails so I guess I'm just wimping out on killing them directly.

29 May, 2013

 

Rarely see any slugs, I do have very fat healthy happy frogs, the snails get the order of the boot, I have put pellets on the floor in the g'houses but not around the garden yet, I will if I see any of my plants chewed though....

29 May, 2013

 

I'm always doing a night run Shirley, although I must admit I have this year resorted to pellets by the poppies as they decimated all but two this year..

30 May, 2013

 

my hostas used to be pretty slug free till last years invasion,im squishing and putting down pellets(poundlands)which work realy well,it does worry me tho using them as im worried the pets might eat them,a lot of slugs seem to be commiting death by drowning in my pond and im sick of scooping them out.

30 May, 2013

 

I dont shirley, but if I find them I throw them on the gravel for the birds to get them..:))

30 May, 2013

 

Sorry if anyone was shocked by the idea of skewering slugs, but surely it's quicker and therefore more humane than slow poisioning by pellet? People squish lily beetles and vine weevil grubs all the time without a thought, so I don't think spearing a slug is any different. No Karen, fortunately I don't do barbecues, though I expect there's quite a lot of protein in a slug....

30 May, 2013

 

Louisa I couldn't touch a slug if my life depended on it, I can pick other creatures up so its a bit daft I know...

30 May, 2013

 

Strange isn't it Lincslass, I can have a handful of slugs and snails crawl around my hands/arms, but if I see a spider or a cranefly I'll flee in panic!! I know people who are terrified of wasps, we're all different:)

30 May, 2013

 

I lob mine (a bit like Louisa!) over the fence and far away (we have a field at the back and a derelict garden) so I dont feel too bad and yes I know they come back (little b's) but not for ages, hopefully. LOL. Shirley I would like to know what is in the bottom of your bucket??

30 May, 2013

 

I don´t, Shirley, as I don´t have so many of them. My garden is south oriented, with lot of sun and just few shades. So the soil dries quickly, they love more humidity and twilight.

30 May, 2013

 

Feel free to hate me, Shirley, but I've hardly ever seen a slug in my garden! Not sure why, tho' we do have plenty of birds. The occasional snail gets lobbed over the back fence into an empty field :))

30 May, 2013

 

I don't just go around at dusk doing it Shirley...I seem to spend most of my life doing it ha ha...Particularly as it's so damp this year and last.I do it not only in my garden but my customers' gardens as well of course.....sick of the sight of them...particularly snails!!

30 May, 2013

 

I read that British army (not just yours, others too) have made exeperiments for 50 years to change weather. One such experiment in fifties led to floods. At the moment American army has weapon by which they can change weather in their country and even in other countries, influencing ionosphere. It is so called weather warfare. If you look on these webpages or link dealing with this, it will show you ERROR, SERVICE UNAVAILABLE. Is this free access to information?

30 May, 2013

 

We just take what we get Katarina!! I have heard things in the past about how scientists can do something to move jet streams but then it just makes the rain to somewhere else!!

30 May, 2013

 

To move jet streams? What do you mean? You mean those strips visible on the sky after aeroplanes? Sorry, do not understand.

30 May, 2013

 

Im on slug patrol most nights Shirley, a pair of tongs rubber gloves and a plastic bag, usual bag around 20-30 each tim, thats besides the slug treatment I just put down!!

30 May, 2013

 

Katarina, The jet stream is a major stream of air very high up and our weather in the UK depends on where it is each year. Last year it was a lot further south than normal which meant we got more rain from the west. Unfortunately it looks like it's in a similar place this year too, we need it to be a lot further north to give us a decent summer.

30 May, 2013

 

Pp. I'm liking the idea of TONGS !! Brilliant idea. Thank you. ;)

30 May, 2013

 

Thank you, Louisa. It seems you know much more about how the weather is made then me ;-)
Thanks God, we are happy what we have. Even last year, when there was terrible long dry spring and summer, without almost a drop, when forecasts said there will be miserable crops of wheat, it was lower only by about 20 %. I think if we stop to cooperate with global machinery of filling fertile land with rape for gas, we could have enough wheat.

31 May, 2013

 

thanks Louisa...only just seen this and Louisa answered it in much better terms than I would've been able to Katarina!!

31 May, 2013

 

Thanks for all the interesting methods of SAS disposal! I now have visions of motorists driving over snails up and down the country ... and folk out in the dark with tongs to pick the slugs off ... lol!

Grandmage - the bucket I use is a really old enamel one ... hence the 'clang' when the snails are thrown in ...........

31 May, 2013

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Taz
 

given up on the snails and the slugs ,I leave them for the frogs and the thrush to deal with, it would be a full time job trying to rid my garden of them,( not a large garden, just hundreds of the damn things) I have gone for plants that snails and slugs don,t seem to like. so far, it seem to work, a little nibbling, but no devastated plants

31 May, 2013

 

Lol Shirley...bet your neighbours know what you are doing when they hear the 'clang' !!! :)

31 May, 2013

 

I'm glad you enjoyed listening to the slugs dropping in to your bucket Shirley :o) I hope you found most of them ...
I crunch many snails on the path in the night when I go to call Bella in. I don't know they're there until I hear a "crunch" lol ... :o)

1 Jun, 2013

 

I don't think this garden will ever be free of Snails, Hywel ... but I shall carry on removing as many as possible! I'll think of you and Bella later when I call Megan in from the garden ... she is currently sitting staring at the fence ... waiting for a Mouse no doubt ...........

1 Jun, 2013

 

lol :o) I hope she didn't bring one in the hose for you.

2 Jun, 2013

 

She was unlucky that evening, Hywel ... thank goodness!

2 Jun, 2013

 

LOL :D

3 Jun, 2013

 

I did so enjoy reading this blog lol! I only use slug pellets around vulnerable baby plants and not many because I don't want to hurt our visiting hedgehog, and I guess size matters because our hosta is so huge, not many leaves get laced.
I also practice "death by car" and carry out the occasional "night walk with intent". Any that I "accidentally" tread on dont seem to stay around..Im sure they cant crawl after so it must be blackbirds and magpies enjoying "breakfast at Margo's". I can no longer dispose of flying snails over the wall as there are allotments there now (that's my story and Im sticking to it!!)

4 Jul, 2013

 

Pleased you enjoyed this Tet ... and lovely to see you back on GoY too ... :o)

4 Jul, 2013

 

Nice to see you all too Shirley and glad that wonderful sense of fun is still here! Plus all the great pics and stories..

7 Jul, 2013

 

It's a pretty good tonic, that's for sure!

8 Jul, 2013

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