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I've discovered some patches of a slimy jelly like substance in a flower bed. Has anyone got any idea as to what this?



  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Did it appear after rain? Is it white? If so, it may be water-retaining granules from the soil of a plant that you have planted there.

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,058

    If it's sort of joined up translucent globules, sorry terrible descrption, then it could be water retaining gel, especially if you've added to any pot compost that has ended up in the garden.

    If it's dark brown slime then hedgehog poo an option!

    Small opalescent pearls in clumps are slug eggs- birds love those.

    I think there is also a slime mould that likes damp, compacted soil. J.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,088

    Any chance of a photo?  that might give us a clue image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • I don't think it's water retaining granules but it did appear after I planted some bulbs. The soil isn't especially compacted. Could it be some type of mould or fungi? I do live in Lancashire, a wet part of England!

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    It's unlikely to be mould or fungi - slime mould would need a compacted and very wet soil.

    Most likely water-retaining gel - see if it vanishes after a few dry days. In any case, very unlikely to be anything to worry about.

  • Thanks everyone for your replies. I do hope it isn't slug eggs - have had enough of the blighters this year!

  • I'm in SW France and have found a couple of large jelly-like mounds on and in small flower beds outside kitchen door. Looked like someone had emptied packets of brown sugar but when I scraped it off was like jelly. I have photos but can't load them onto this message.

  • In my garden in SW France I've discovered a couple of patches of jelly-like substance, each about a foot in diameter and resembling brown sugar. Any ideas what it is and what I should do about them? One is near the base.  Of a climbing rose, which didn't do well this summer...





  • Just taken another photo:



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,258

    Its looks like the interior of a disposable nappy.image

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