Confession- slug olympics

Crazy CatCrazy Cat Posts: 41

Okay- I have a confession to makeimage

In the eternal battle against my arch nemisis (Slugs & snailsimage) I admit to being rather brutal.

I live on the edge of a field and so I take a rather guilty pleasure in flicking said slugs/snails (using my spade) over the fence into the field. The thrushes seem to have caught on as they are usually hanging around waiting for there food to be thrown over.

Anyone else have any henious secrets they care to confess? I can't be the only secret snail slinger.....can I ????

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  • shazza3shazza3 Posts: 106

    HA HA, me too !!!!

    usually fling them over the bank where there's lots for them to eat except my lovely perennials image

  • XX Posts: 707

    One of my teenagers lobs them over the fence as far as he can but I'm pretty sure they end up in someone else's garden image

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,241

    Trouble is they're homing snails. They come back to the juiciest plants.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • I pop any I collect into the garden recyling bin and they seem quite happy in there until they are collected by the local council and removed to pastures new!

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,728

    CCat we had a a neighbour years ago who didn't look after their  garden and the weeds were 6' tall - willow herb- (hence my ongoing hatred of it!). I was fed up keeping them at bay and when I started growing plants which slugs were attracted to  I took great delight in going out at night and lobbing the slugs over my garage roof into his garden. I daresay they did come back if they survived the Concorde style flight.....but it was very satisfying!!! I got quite good at it- not too many got impaled on the jaggy garage wall...image

    I do the same as you Steve with the huge snails I have here.image

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,241

    If you want to  test whether they're homing snails, put a blob of paint or nail varnish on the shells before you lob them. When you find the painted ones, you know what to do next time. Put them in a jam jar of  common kitchen salt.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • fred#60fred#60 Posts: 58

    When i was young, my sister and myself would walk around the garden impaling slugs on bamboo cane and see who could get the most, very satisfying.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,241

    No but it means they can't climb out of the recycling bin. When I chuck weeds in I always find a few clinging to the lid, just waiting to escape.

    I did  read a story about country folk making pies out of them during the war, to supplement the meat ration. Mixed with a few kidneys and some stock from bones.  Not for me. I don't do molluscs.  That includes, squid, calamari, octopus, gourmet snails, whelks, mussels, clams, ormer,oysters and scallops.   I'd sooner eat an apple any day of the week.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
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