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Snails - the French have the right idea

I hate snails with a passion beyond compare.   After moving in somewhere and spending a lot on plants and looking forward to having a garden, they ate just about everything.    I then went in the huff with the garden, don't ask, for a few years.   I have bounced back though and I am on a mission to grow plants that snails wont eat,.    Plants I have grown that haven't been eaten by them are euphorbia, fuscia's, lavender, roses, granny's bonnet, geraniums, jasmine, some grasses, azalias, heathers (don't even like them but any port in a storm) and peonies.   I will add to this as more of my plants survive.   If anyone had any definate plants that they won't eat please let me know



  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,645

    Digitalis (foxgloves), aconitum (monks' hood) are poisonous so left alone by slugs and snails.  They don't like hairy or highly scented foliage or anything oin the rosacae family which includes more than just roses.

    Howevre, a goo dtip is to scatter wildlife friendly slug pellets (not metaldehyde based) around your garden on St Valentine's Day or the Ides of March or some other date that's easy to remember in early spring and repeat every 2 weeks till June.  This way you'll get them as they emerge from hibernation, as they hatch and before they get the chance to scoff your treasures and breed again.

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  • Peat BPeat B Posts: 441

    What about a 'sacrificial' plant, like berginia, I think that's how one spells it. The snails & fellow molluscs really delight in it, and by the time they've sated themselves, with a saucer of old beer to wash it down, they're ready for Valhalla, a monstrous headache, and perhaps a badger will come along to snaffle them down as part of a healthy diet !  Cheers !

  • I have to say something definitely munch a load of foxgloves this year. If its not snails then what was it? 

    I dont think they like furry leaves, so sage and lichinis seem to get off ok.

    Beaded Irises I think the leaves are too tough but they do love hiding in among them , so they wont eat them but they my well breed in them 

  • Peat BPeat B Posts: 441

    CORRECTION !  Not Berginia as I mentioned in a previous slot, but HOSTA !!!

    BUT, berginia DOESN'T  get ravaged by slugs or snails, so there is a plant that is mollusc resistant. So, there we are........ Hosta for sacrifice, Berginia for resistance.  

    Onwards and downwards !

  • I think your right,there are plants they wont touch but if you need a deterrent a garlic spray and grow garlic in between plants plus a the pellets but yes snails are annoying vegetarians thats what makes hard when I am a vegetarian too!image

  • Snails and slugs get such bad press.  Do not forget it is not just snals/slugs that eat our plants. I go out at night and see various creatures munching on my plants.  Caterpillars are little devils but i wouldn't harm them.  I put the odd cabbage out buried a little in the soil and place the caterpillars on them and they continue to munch away.  I will never use any sort of pellets to kill snails/slugs - I don't believe there is any such product as 'wildlife friendly' pellets as I care too much for our wildlife.  I put out decoy plants in front of and in between my plants, mainly marigolds, which they love and do leave the other plants alone.  You can also physically remove some of them from your garden to an appropiate location (perhaps a nature reserve). Remember they can also be our little hoovers in the garden and eat old stuff on the ground and not always climb up plants (especially the little black ones). This is in my experience.


  • We seem to have a lot of slugs more than snails.   I can go out to the garden on a damp night and finds slugs making their way up my house walls and even the windows!!image     But I have also seen field mice nibble at the stems of young plants, so they're not  popular either........but this year I haven't bothered to put anything down, I've given up lol!   The funny thing is, they never eat my weeds.....

  • Hi, I seem to be constantly on the look-out for the pests at the moment.  I've found so many in the greenhouse that it's become a night time vigil. I was really surprised to find some tiny slugs on the leaves of my squash and courgettes because the leaves are furry and spiky. I've just heard on Gardeners Question Time that slugs seem to like the green slime or was it algae, that I've got loads of on the greenhouse glass. Must do better with the cleaning next time! One thing that I've  noticed for the first time is a slug that looks mottled, it looks like a two-tone green colour, a bit like a leopard-skin print, perhaps it's the latest fashion!

  • Actually, I quite enjoy looking at the shells on snails, some of them are really beautiful colours image

  • I've just been out to check on the greenhouse, nothing there. Homeloving, you're quite right they are quite beautiful, but they're still a pest. Raspberry, have you tried pansies, they don't seem to like the ones I've got, or night-scented stock, or perhaps it's just getting a bit chilly for them!

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