Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Rescuing A Young Snail Crawling Along The Top Of The Kitchen Sink.


 Call me soft but..?  I picked a beetroot from one of my raised bed old baths yesterday afternoon.    I brought it into the kitchen and placed it in the sink.

A few minutes later I was summonsed to the kitchen and asked to remove a young snail from drowning.   

Believe it or not I felt sorry for old Snaily and dutifully carried  it out to the garden and gently placed the beetroot leaf and snail in the herbaceous borders.

I know one day it will grow big and devour my veggies but for now I let it go free. Perhaps I should have painted it's name  Snaily on it's shell? Then next year when I see it in my cabbages we can reminisce and discuss how I saved it's life?  But if it doesn't  leave my brassicas alone I will not be a happy bunny ..




My newly picked beetroot lying prostrate and looking forlorn in my polytunnel.  Do you think it would make a good still life photo? I do.

18 comments:

  1. Oh dear. If Snaily had appeared in P's veg patch it would have ended up on the blackbird's dinner table.

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  2. I would be tempted to throw it into a field JayCee but this young snail was only small and...? I once knew a lad who use to leave dog food out for a rat every night. He watched it through his window and insisted that it was the same Brown rat that appeared every night. Silly lad.😊

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  3. Smash 'em between bricks. The only thing to be said for older snails is that they make a more satisfying crunch.

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  4. That's not very Christian Tasker. What about Brian the snail from The Magic Roundabout? He was quite intelligent and sensible.

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  5. It is surprising that you didn't pop that young snail in the old Northsider mush. An excellent appetiser or hors-d'oeuvres with a dash of salt and pepper and a blob of brown sauce.

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  6. Gramps used to stomp on them on the path on his way to the outside toilet. I'm conflicted. I don't want to kill them but I wish they would leave my fruit and veg alone. I try to blame all the damage on slugs. I feel less kindly towards slugs.

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  7. Yes Tigger slugs are a nuisance. Snails carry their house on their backs. I think I prefer snails.

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  8. It would have to be HP brown sauce YP. Thanks for the French cookery suggestions. 😊

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  9. What a good man you are. Our snails either go in the pot or get a new life over the wall, as far as I can throw them

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  10. That was a very kind act. I pick up snails in the street that are walking across pathways and move them out of immediate harms way. I also apologise when I inadvertently tread on the them in the garden unseen in the grass. I know they eat my plants so I grow more as back up. I really don't think much of people who deliberately kill creatures for the fun of it. Yes! Your last photo would make a great still life! :)

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  11. You EAT them Linda? I don't think I could eat a snail. Yours must be edible ones like the French eat? Frogs and birds help keep them away.

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  12. Hi Simone. I like your pragmatic grow more approach to slugs and snails. I wish I could paint I like that photograph. Thanks.

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  13. I've been finding them crawling up the glass inside the greenhouse in the last few weeks. They get pulled off and thrown onto the grass - escape v birds = 50/50 chance.

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  14. No doubt he has come away from this experience feeling very fortunate. I can hear him telling all his snaily friends: 'Leave his garden alone...he's one of the good 'uns, that Northsider is!'

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  15. Hi veg artist. I was watching Chelsea Flower Show last night and some Hosta growers used garlic spray to keep them away. They don't like copper either. We get them in the polytunnel and I pick them up and throw them over the fence into the field whilst my wife often treats them to slug pellets for breakfast. I don't like using them.

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  16. I don't think his parents and grandparents would talk highly of me Debby. I gave them free flying lessons.

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  17. I hear if you set a saucer of beer out, the slugs are attracted to it, but it kills them. The beauty of it is that if you pour a bit of beer in the saucer, you surely don't want the rest of the bottle to go to waste, do you?

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  18. Slug pubs Debby are the name we call them. They have their last drink and no doubt put the world to rights?

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