Big blobs of clear jelly!

When weeding this afternoon I found quite significant balls of clear jelly - some as big as...... 3 grapes! They were not joined by tracks of jelly and were throughout the border, largely out in the open. It was in 2 particular areas, one shade and one sun.Are these large blobs slug related? I tried to pick it all up and threw it in the waste....or just dug some in the soil! It is a relatively new garden and we actually had very few slug related 'injuries' last year. Should I prepare myself !!!?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,786

    I think they're the water retention stuff that is in some compost and growbags - when they get thoroughly soaked they look blobs of jelly.  

    As far as I'm aware slug and snail eggs come in clutches, and are much smaller than 3 grapes!

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • KoalagirlKoalagirl Posts: 225

    I wish I hadn't looked at those!  Yuck.  In the past I have found lumps of snail/slug eggs but I don't believe that they were as big as 3 grapes.  Also, they were not out in the open, they were in damp nooks and crannies.

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    I know exactly the kind of blobs your talking about. I found a few in my pots after a heavy rainfall last week, they've since disappeared. I wouldn't worry to much about them - sorry but I can't give a definitive answer, but I reckon its probably just water retentive gel, as they didn't appear to be anything inside them.

  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,014

    Sorry KGimage I only put the link on because I remember someone asking about jelly blobs somewhere else image Some of the fungus does look like grapes image

    Pam x

  • Mollycat2Mollycat2 Posts: 14
    So helpful - thank you all. I think the images were really useful, but no, none of them are particularly similar. I'm going to hope it was the water retentive gel. That would make sense as I would have put some new compost on these areas. Nothing to worry about - was dreading having giant slugs! Thanks again image
  • Muddle-UpMuddle-Up Posts: 9,317

    It might be aliens...but as it's been so dreadfully wet everywhere of late, it probably just is expanded water-retaining crystals.  If they start turning green and grow legs, it's definitely aliens...

    'Every Spring is the only Spring, a perpetual astonishment.'
    Ellis Peters 🌸
  • Can you spot the round jelly ball in picture... it  was found Aug 31, 2017  along with many others, on the wooden walkway and up on the wooden porch . Many remained for several days. The one captured in photo was over 24 hrs old and you could still see thru the jelly substance. I froze  some ,  put some in alcohol and they shrunk , but still remained translucent . Whatever it is I found it really weird that it was the first time I had ever seen or heard of anything like the jelly spheres...jst asking !  .... anybody else find any!

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    You've lost me, glkaystanton! I can't see any picture either  image

    Maybe it's just me  image

  • I tried looking in the avatar pic but it's too small.

    Could you upload a picture by using the little camers icon top right of the text box please? Giz a better squizz at what we're looking for...

  • I have seen this gel up in the Berwyn hills in Wales. I walking up

    in the hills in the rain about 8 weeks ago and discovered it on the moors in the middle of nowhere. Here is a pictureimageYou can get the scale based on the blades of grass. 

    I didnt tiuch it and assumed it was a slime mold. But there is very little information available to confirm my assumption. 

  • Pandysavage - your photo looks like 'star jelly'. This is the remains of unlaid frogspawn, most likely from a female frog killed by a predator. Frogs spawn in late winter / early spring but the spawn starts forming the year before, so female frogs in late summer / autumn will have developing spawn inside.

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