My little plants have really been enjoying this rainy spring weather in Houston and are growing beautifully. However, in the past few weeks, I’ve started to notice little bites out of my vegetable plants. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind sharing a few leaves with the backyard snails, but this week I’ve noticed an INVASION.
They. Are. Everywhere. My poor plants are riddled with holes. What’s a girl to do to fight those pesky snails without chemicals?
I’m sure seasoned organic gardeners in cyberspace are smirking.
I’ve spent the past couple of days pulling the snails off the plants one by one (and tossing them into the neighbors yard… don’t tell). But I was curious if there’s a more effective organic method of ridding my garden of snails.
I’ve scoured the internet a little and here’s what I’ve read are some possible solutions.
- Beer. Place a dish full of beer in your garden over night and it will extract snails.
- Egg Shells. Crush up egg shells and scatter them in your garden. Snails won’t enjoy the sharp edges of the shells and also the calcium from the shells is great for the soil.
- Natural Predators. Encourage birds and toads to stick around your garden, because they are natural predators to snails. Plants small shrubs and provide hedges that will encourage these animals to stay.
- Handpick. Stick to my current plan of manually removing the snails one by one.
So do you have any advice on organic snail prevention? What have you tried before and has it worked?