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Can I Compost Snails and slugs?

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snailsYes, you can add snails and slugs to your compost heap.

Dead slugs and snails

Dead slugs and snails from slug traps or from under your boot can be added to your compost heap.

Their “bodies” will rot down quite quickly due to the high moisture content. Snail shells will take a lot longer – but like egg shells, they’ll break up and disappear into the compost to slowly break down and release their nutrients.


Live slugs and snails

If you prefer not to kill slugs and snails in your garden, you can add them to your compost heap.

As many a hosta or pea plant can testify, snails and slugs eat plants and leaves so can help break down plant matter in a compost heap. They’re not as good as worms but if you don’t fancy killing them after they’ve eaten your lettuce seedlings, harness them for good instead of evil by adding them to your compost bin.

Do keep in mind though that you’re basically giving them a safe place to live and eat – and their children & grandchildren will probably venture back into your garden…

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  1. Wow thank you :)

  2. Good to hear slugs and snails help the compost. My query is,to stop them leaving the bin for the rest of the garden, can I site the bin on gravel?

  3. i think thats a great idea about the snail and slugs

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