Slugs and snails are challenging in our first ten years of gardening life.
We met those greyish Leopard a-like slugs; Limax maximus (picture 18-32) very often. So much so that it prompted us to look for a better way to remove them every time we saw them.
Once the temperature is up; these creatures will be appearing from no where.
We have tried putting two cups (picture 83) of beer every evening in our summer garden; it attracted some of the slugs and snails to crawl in and get drank; and the next morning we would collect their drank bodies ;and throw them away. This trap works!
However; there is a disadvantage.
It took plenty of our time to keep track of them; and it is a waste of beer.
We knew this is not the best solution. After all; we have no intention to destroy them.
Later; we have tried to avoid them by doing the followings:
Slugs and Snails Run Away
1. We spread the new cocoa peels; pine wood chips; and egg shells all
over our front & back garden's top soil every spring; because we knew
they do not like to crawl on a rough surface.
2. We used tall growing containers for leafy greens on the ground level; as what we had observed; the slugs and snails do not climb high.
3. We support all the low expanding leaves and flowers with bamboo sticks, so that they will stay quite a distance away from the ground surface. It caused inconvenience for them.
4. We placed all fruits or vegetables plants at the longest sunshine location; as they do not like to be under the bright and hot sun.
Slugs and Snails Disappearing
5. We covered our planting pots partially; and they will not disturbed; because they don't like to be kept in a covered container in the day; unless they have special intentions.
6. We set garlics around our fruit trees;
as Slugs dislike the odour of garlics.
It all works very well!
As we are still searching for the perfect solution; therefore we are watching them very closely. And we found them more and more interesting.
Our garden snail (Helix aspersa) came in many different sizes; and beautiful colours (picture 61-72).
When you look closer you can find many lines are formed on the shell.
In the winter time the snails will close the mouth of their shell with a layer of protection (picture 75); and bury themselves into the earth (picture 76).
Snails in our gardens are with right-handed shell.
They are able to patch up the hole (picture 77) from inside, when the shell is injured.
Slugs and snails eggs are mostly placed and developed underground (picture 54-57); or inside the empty containers.
Snails are pairing (picture 53&84) mostly in the late spring; for the fertilisation of the eggs.
Either slugs or snail's slime (picture 1-4) would appeared when they have eaten some greens from somewhere; or they are leaving a trail on purpose. And they will throw bubbles when they have sensed a different vibrating energy (picture 78).
The snails in our growing plot has a flat and very muscular foot (picture 71).
They can extend a large portion of the body beyond the limits of the shell (picture 69); or withdraw entirely within it easily.
In October 2009; I learned about slug eggs (picture 9); and their developments (picture 10-17).
The slime from slugs are partly derived from the surface of the body (picture 44); from an opening (picture 46) beside their faces, the rest are discharged from a special opening underneath.
Recent years the following types of slugs suddenly appeared:
* Black baby slugs (picture 5-8) and different kinds of brown babies were found in spring 2011.
* The transparent eggs (picture 33) and the babies (picture 34-37) from Arion-rufus (Rode wegslak in Dutch) were showing face since summer 2014.
* The adult's body can stretch very far; its colour is from light orange (picture 39), light brown (picture 38&40) to deep brown (picture 48).
* Underside is smooth and white (picture 47).
* It has deep brown to black tentacles (picture 49).
* No matter how smart they can be; they still can be trapped easily (picture 50-51) by the others.
* They love fruits and fragrant blossoms (picture 40-44) very much.
* The slug will bury half of its body in the earth (picture 45).
You remembered a few years ago; my Denmark girl friend shown me one of the Testacella (picture 81) from her garden that carried a small shell as a little cap on the end of its body?
We saw one Carnivorous Snail Slug (picture 82) in our back yard on an unprotected Hosta in 2016.
Lately; we have decided to be a nature's harmonizer.
We put all our focus on the plants; as we have accepted all animals as part of the nature; and we believed everything in the nature is unlimited; whether you like it or not.
Therefore; we will not waste our precious time to look at them any longer.