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Darn Snails!!

What with all this rain I thought it would be wise to buy some copper tape at lunch to put around my sunflower and dahlia pots. Went out to my garden tonight (braving the horrendous weather) only to find 1 snail eating the entire head of a sunflower and at least 6 munching through my 2 dahlias!!! I thought I may be worrying too much but im glad i was and went out to check.

Cut my finger on the copper tape while getting completely drenched and then decided sod it, and put the vulnerable sun flowers and dahlias in the shed.. free from snails... will work out a plant survival plan tomorrow.

If you are worried that snails are having a field day, then you are probably not wrong, you may want to check.  Bahhh I hate slimey suckers!!! 

 

Last edited: 18 May 2017 20:12:41

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  • GaryRGaryR Posts: 32

    Found one in my greenhouse tonight, climbing the glass and heading straight for a tray of sunflowers. It's about 9 gardens down now by my reckoning.

    The marsh mallows I planted out a few weeks ago are popular with the snails but everything else seems ok at the moment. Might be a different story in the cold light of day tomorrow morning!

    Last edited: 18 May 2017 22:26:57

  • Torg22Torg22 Posts: 302

    9 gardens down, you must have quite a throw :) 

    Excuse me for being dim, but does marsh mellows = marrows? 

    It's really annoying me and making me think twice about putting the dahlias in the ground. At least in containers you can put tape around them or move them.  

  • AsarumAsarum East AngliaPosts: 567

    I have one or two extra paving slabs propped up in my garden.  Earlier in the year I found at least 30 snails hibernating behind them. They went in the green bin and I regularly check and find more.  I love all wildlife except slugs and snails. 

    East Anglia
  • GaryRGaryR Posts: 32
    Torg22 says:

    9 gardens down, you must have quite a throw :) 

    Excuse me for being dim, but does marsh mellows = marrows? 

    It's really annoying me and making me think twice about putting the dahlias in the ground. At least in containers you can put tape around them or move them.  

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    Morning Torg,

    The Marsh Mallows are Althaea officinalis. The plant was used to make marshmallows which is where they get their name from. I was given some seeds last year And they're growing well but the snails have a taste for them just like the ancient Egyptians did!

    I had 100's of snails my garden last night, I must have stepped on one every few steps when walking to the shed. I grow plenty they don't touch but stopped growing lupins and delphiniums because of the them :(

  • Torg22Torg22 Posts: 302

    Oh how interesting, I never gave any thought to where marsh mallows (food) came from. Learn something new every day.

    Ive recently planted a Delphinium in the front garden but it looked unaffected this morning. I have a Lupin too but its in a pot on top of a display stand, snails will have to go that extra mile to get to it.

    Asarum - I like all wildlife too with the exception to Snails and Pigeons!!!! The pigeons are a different story altogether but its safe to say I hate them. I would like to see some Hedgehogs in my garden and some Penguins, although I think that latter is less likely.

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