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Elizabeth

Egg shells and nut shells........

I've tried using egg shells to stop the dreaded snails - but they magically disappear over time.

Has anyone tried nut shells? - christmas nuts (although I use them all year as they taste freasher!   )
morlan578

i finds em a bit woody and crunchy much prefer the bit inside    
Sorry elizabeth i just couldn,t resist
Elizabeth

Very Smart      
morlan578

but seriously how do you use egg shells to deter snails ?
Elizabeth

They don't like sliming their way over sharp things, but I'm not sure if nut shells are sharp enough.

I think the egg shells get eaten by birds - or perhaps my dogs!!!?
morlan578

birds will take egg shell for the calcium ,why are snails causing you a problem i know people have trouble with slugs but not many single out snails  
dtalbot

A chicken or 3 will sort any slug and snail problem!
Bramble

i used to keep pet snails and they will eat egg shells as they need the calcium for their shells!
bodger

Snails cause damage just as slugs do.
Ducks are death to snails. When we kept them, Blind Pugh and Rare one will tell you that they used to wait for our ducks to waddle past their garden and then throw their previously collected snails to them.

One thing that I found out quite by accident a few years ago, is that builders plaster which contains gypsum kills slugs and snails for fun. Perhaps a skittering of this around the area that you need to protect might work.
Elizabeth

I meant slugs too  
Morlan75

Bramble wrote:
i used to keep pet snails and they will eat egg shells as they need the calcium for their shells!


Yeah me too Giant Africans they demolish cuttle fish bone and shell  
Rare one

Yes Bodger they were the best slug/snail dustbin ever and we do wish you'd keep some again - think ,you're keeping chicken for the table now so what's wrong with a few ducks for a variety to your diet.  go on you know you want to really    
green man

Try ash from the wood fire.
kaz

Rare one wrote:
Yes Bodger they were the best slug/snail dustbin ever and we do wish you'd keep some again - think ,you're keeping chicken for the table now so what's wrong with a few ducks for a variety to your diet.  go on you know you want to really    



......because the slugs and snails are in the garden and the dogs would eat the ducks
Elizabeth

Wood fire ash sounds like a good idea - I guess it needs replacing everytime it rains.
Morlan75

I herd something awhile back now about putting copper wire around the base of your plants, apparently slugs & snails won't pass over it for some reason      or you could use salt I guess that works and you can watch them melt  
Elizabeth

The copper gives them a little electric shock!

I tried salt once - funny enough killed the plants!  :evil9:    
MrsWW

Coffee grounds are supposed to keep the slimy beggars away too, as are tea leaves.
mole trapper

hair clippings are great around individual areas that need major protection! Slugs and snails just wont go over it.  You could also use beer traps  Chuck out beer blagged from the locals drip trays work well and the critters cant resist it and all drown themselves in the beer!  You dont need to spend loads of money on the fancy traps, just use a chineese takeaway tray  sunk into the ground, filled with beer, make some sort of cover to stand over the top and off the ground enough for snails to get under, within days you will have a great collection of offenders!  Happy Hunting!!  

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