The snail blitz worked!

Pests & Diseases, Summer, Vegetables

January 20, 2011

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My un-eaten beetroot seedlings!

Maybe I am soft but for many years I have felt terribly guilty about squashing snails, feeling that they had a right to exist in my vegetable patch as much as I did.  The result, however, was that I could never grow anything from seed – it would always get eaten – and even bought seedlings rarely lasted the week.  I tried beer traps with my duff homebrew batches, but the snails seemed to prefer my lovely seedlings to the beer.

But this year I toughened up.  No more mister nice guy.  Any snail or slug found within slithering distance of the vegie patch was promptly dispatched to a better place (not on this earth if you catch my drift).  My strategy has included nightime forays into the garden, torch in hand, squashing shoes on foot.   As a result I have managed to grow a whole punnet of basil, a crop of lettuces and the beetroot seeds you see above have burst forth unmolested.  I still don’t like squashing them, but the results have been worth it.

2 Responses to “The snail blitz worked!”

  1. Karly says:

    Hi Matt,
    Ughh, we’ve had a horror year for snails as well – all this rain! They’ve completely ignored all of my bait too. I’ve been too lazy til now to try going out at night and stalking them, but I think I’m going to have to.
    I just found your blog on Blotanical – welcome! I look forward to hearing more about your adventures.

  2. Matt says:

    Hi Karly,

    Cheers, I always love feedback. I’ll try to keep to posts coming. Squash them snails…

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