Wanted: Dead or Alive (but dead is, like, better)

cauliflower seedlingsEvil bastard molluscs. As always happens at least once in Spring (because it’s 12 months since the last time, and I forget to take precautions), a slug/snail got into my mini greenhouse and made merry with my cauliflower seedlings. I’m left with 8 out of the original 24 plants.

Shit, shit, shit, shit.

I’ve done my tooth gnashing and cursing. Now I’m frosty, making cold plans for mollusc genocide. This is going to be the Big One, the Final Solution (if that’s not too distasteful a reference).

Molluscs, wherever you are: I’m coming after you. You can run, but you can’t hide.


12 Responses to “Wanted: Dead or Alive (but dead is, like, better)”

  1. 5olly Says:

    Don’t you just hate that.. I live right on the coast and we seem to get less mollusc activity. but still the odd one will appear here or there. They immediately get stomped on.

  2. Emma Says:

    Ugh, don’t talk to me about snails. My garden is riddled. I’ve resorted to crushed eggshells and coffee grounds liberally thrown about. I don’t use pellets because my toddler loves to dig about in the dirt. It’s a conundrum. My sunflowers all got munched this week. I share your pain.

  3. Rham Says:

    Well, in this case you should have said instead ‘you can’t run, but you can hide’…

  4. Tom Says:

    i’ve half-heartedly been growing peas from seed in paper pots in the kitchen – only a few sprouted. Yesterday one of our resident mice ate them. Clobbered even before reaching the garden. Thank you, mice – glad to contribute to your 5 a day!

  5. altadenahiker Says:

    When I was a blood thirsty little kid I used to pour salt on the slugs and watch while they dried up and died. Do you think salt on the soil would work? Or would it burn the plants.

  6. JerryC Says:


    Out here in Oregon, we have the gigantic banana slug, aptly named for its size… I’ve tried “Slug-o,” a so-called organic pellet full of copper sulfate, tacked copper ribbon around the perimeter of my raised beds, beer traps, salting the walkways in my potager… I’ve seen cracked filbert shells used in a similar manner…

    Last year I began dumping oyster shells around the perimeter of my raised beds. I love raw oysters and Oregon has some of the best bivalves at reasonable prices. Its a natural, the slugs dislike the sharp edged shells and tromp off to munch somewhere else. The only drawback is no more barefoot gardening at Jerry’s shamba; not a bad trade off for beuatificus German Pink tomatoes come August. There is another beneficial by-product created by my ever expanding oyster midden. The slugs have been substituted by the constant presence of lusty neighborhood maidens constantly querying about my garden and lifestyle. Not a bad trade-off Soil Man!

  7. Soilman Says:

    Jeez, Jerry, the banana slug sounds horrendous!

  8. The Idiot Gardener Says:

    There are many remedies to slug infestation. Crushed egg shells, fine gravel, copper collars and organic repellants. However, my first reaction is to reach for the little blue chemical pellets. It might not tick all the River Cottage boxes, and it might be an out-dated approach, but seeing the dead bodies always make me laugh a little.

  9. Tanya Walton Says:

    Had the same problem myself |SM…not just one either…so far I have found 4 in my greenhouse!!

  10. Soilman Says:

    October, Kevin??

    In the south east, we last saw the sun in early July 2011. It’s been 10 months in the dark.

  11. Caz Says:

    I highly recommend going out at night with secateurs and snipping slugs in half – incredibly satisfying!! Snails I lob over the wall into the neighbours’ gardens – also highly gratifying… just check they aren’t in their garden at the time!

  12. katie Says:

    Between the slugs snails, squirrels (which my neighbour feeds all day everyday) and same neighbours’ cats, I’m having fun in the garden as you can imagine !im getting more like Betsey Trotwood every day! oh and cockchafers were seen yesterday what joy !