Brilliant blogger award

Emma, another gardening blogger and author has given me a brilliant blogger award. I’m one of several people she has chosen for the award, and the links she’s provided are really helpful. Check out her blog and the other award nominees at her site.

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  1. Claire

    Dear Allan, I enjoyed your Guardian article very much, and have found lots of slugs/snails in my garden late at night with a torch! I am unclear from your article what you do with all the slugs/snails that you find? If they are moved to another area of the garden, my fear is that they will return to the veg patch as they can move quite fast! Would be interested in your views about the most humane ways of dealing with them. Thanks, Claire

  2. allanshepherd

    Hi Claire. Thanks for the comment. I do move them to another part of the garden – a more wild part, or into the woodland behind. I’m sure some of them do return but the overall effect does seem to be damage limitation. Somebody else left a message saying they accidentally discovered that slugs liked eating cat food when they dropped some by accident in the garden. After that she kept on feeding them with cat food all through the season and they left her plants alone. Slug pellets work on the basis that they contain ingredients that are more attractive to slugs than the plants so I guess the same rule applies to the cat food. Slugs and snails follow trails back to food they like so if you can break their plant feeding activity up by hoeing, or by moving them to another part of the garden or by providing them with regular food then you will reduce plant damage. If you’ve got a small garden you might want to take them off to a wild area away from your own plot. I’ve never killed a slug I’ve picked off so I don’t know which is the most humane way to kill them. Some people use scissors or knives or squash them under foot and I guess this is pretty instant. Others use salt, which seems less good. Some freeze them, some boil, some drown. I don’t like the idea of any of these methods. I guess a lot of it comes down to whether slugs actually feel pain when dying. I don’t know much about this. Slugs definitely know when they’re being attacked. They release slime bombs to ward off potential consumers. But whether this equates to knowledge of pain I don’t know. Between pellets and nematodes its swings and roundabouts. Pellets dehydrate slugs until they cant function anymore and die. Nematodes eat the slugs from the inside out, causing them to lose their appetite first, wither and die. This happens over a few days and I imagine causes the slug a lot of discomfort. I hope this in part answers your question. Best wishes Allan

  3. Claire

    Thanks, Allan for such a detailed reply, which I found very useful. I will definitely try a combination of moving the slugs and hoeing during next year’s veg growing season.
    Best wishes, Claire

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