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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Snail Safari

So it is spring here in California and I have become a frequent visitor at Lowes, spending oodles on pretty spring flowers and all the paraphernalia that goes with them. I got a GREAT deal on 2 half whisky barrels that make beautiful planters for the patio, and carefully potted my colorful assortment of flowers.

I am also a huge fan of the shake and bake flowers, those cylinders of wildflower seeds that promise fields of color with no more effort than salting your food. So, I put seeds in one of my barrels, and have been watering them every day like it says on the package.

Just as promised, little green leaves started to appear after 1 week, much to my delight. After a few days however, the little leaves were disappearing overnight. I went out one night to water and what did I find? Murderous hordes of snails were sliming their way up the sides of my barrels, and munching and crunching their way through my assortment of red, white and blue wildflowers.

So, for the last few nights I have become obsessed with snail stalking, and have gotten over the initial heebie jeebies I got when stepping on them. However, the little suckers seem to be replicating faster than all my marching around the garden in rubber boots can squish. So, I will be heading to Lowes again in search of a better solution to my problem than my current crunch and squish tactic.



Amanda said...

I know this is an old post, but I thought I would add my 2 cents worth! My Mom always set out a bowl of beer. It attracts them and they drown, leaving your plants alone!

Retro Housewife said...

Thank you,

I just went and put a bowl of beer on the lawn, right in front of the snail trail. I have hundreds of them! I bought some snail bait, but I only use it sparingly because of the two dogs...So assuming my dogs don't develop a taste for beer and get drunk, I will try this out for the next several nights and see if I can gain control over my slow but steady snail invasion!


Anonymous said...

crushing barefoot leaves a satisfying crunch. I love my garden not the pesky snails!
Jina E.