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Hi All

I have just finished reading an article from a garden designer that I haven't seen before and thought I would pass it on to you all.

What do you do with the spent/used snail shells??

If we have a year like last year with an invasion of snails and slugs then this tip might just help. Use the used snail shells as cane protection. Better/Prettier than the green rubber things sold in garden centers, and free!!

Hope this is useful. Good gardening.


  • Hi Greencab. Yes, I do that too! Saw it on a gardening programme where they were visiting a french garden, and they had done that on all the canes in the garden. I thought it looked really good.

    Anyone any other ideas out there??

  • I gather them up and then crush them and add to the compost heap.

  • GreencabGreencab Posts: 18

    Hi Jimmy, there's plenty of stuff to put on the compost...why not add some interest instead??


  • Haha, I would use them as cane toppers but theres few things in my garden tall enough to need staking. Too damn windy!

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    I stick them on the fire pit and use the ash as fertilizer

  • FruitcakeFruitcake Posts: 810

    My chickens quite like snail shells, but generally not the contents image

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,307

    The big ones make good impromptu toys for cats  - nice and light and the make a tinkly sound when they are pushed about.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • I powder them and sprinkle the CaCO3 on the brassicaceae beds.

  • granmagranma Posts: 1,929

    Break them up , put round the hostas to keep the snails off !! 

  • Those are pretty fab Eddimageimage I think that's the next project!!

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