Five natural methods for repelling snails08:07:00
'Calling all green thumbs'
If you are an avid ABC4 Kids fan then you might even know what show I am referring to with that little intro above, and if you guessed Dirt Girl World then you are on the mark.
I watched an entire episode earlier this week whilst sitting on the couch feeding the baby. This particular episode was titled 'Slugs' and an intro song with snails singing like those sexy chicks in Robert Palmer's 'Addicted to Love' film clip ensued, and I just had to keep watching. Riveting stuff I tell you!
The kids were outside playing and whilst I could have easily switched channels I sat pretty and decided to stick with channel two and see what this slug business was all about.
....Might as well face it...
Dirtgirl had slugs in her veggie patch eating all her lettuces, as slugs tend to do and as the dilemma of these slugs unfolded, so to did a myriad of methods to get rid of them. The natural way.
'The best, worst creatures I know', she referred to them as and I must say I agree.
Their slippery slimy ways, the way they can cull a salad crop overnight and then how they rudely leave all their empty shells all about. Seriously!!
So now after twenty odd minutes of cartoon bliss, inspired by Dirtgirl World and her partner in crime, Scrap Boy I have five chemical free methods for you to try, that will apparently repel snails from your delicious, leafy vegetables out in the patch.
Perfect timing as they venture out in the warmer weather.
By planting seedlings of these blooms, not only do they add pretty colour to your patch, life to your salads, and have powers that attract all the good bugs to the patch; they also produce a perfume that snails cannot stand so they stay away.
I love this tip the best as I love a method that has multiple uses and I am always looking for good companion plants to go in the patch. ...And really who doesn't like flowers?
Not the hot jam/ chocolate variety. Im talking sandpaper donuts. Burning rings of fire on the slug front. They were very easy to make as you can see from the pictures and I bet you will probably find a few old sheets lying around in your shed that you can use. Or just pinch an old sheet to two from a mate as I did. Thanks Eliza Ellis!
Apparently slugs have lots of tiny hairs on their bodies and any rough surfaces really hurt them when they try and slide across them. I know, who knew slugs had hair? This little fact came straight out of the mouth of Dirtgirl so it must be true. Im not even going to google it to check.
You simply place the rings around your seedlings and the snails can't get to them.
Our darling girls are laying lots of eggs for us, which in turn means we have been eating lots of eggs. The next little tip from the show was to smash up the empty shells and sprinkle them around your plants. Like the theory above with rough surfaces, the snails don't like the sharp shells and won't try to slide over them.
We have been chucking our egg shells into the compost bin, but now as you can see below I have put them to work in and around the lettuces to deter the snails. They will break down in good time and add those lovely compost properties to the soil as well.
This was Scrap Boys tip in the show and he recommended to wet a newspaper, roll it up and place it in the patch.
This method acts like a trap for the snails and then you can get rid of them for good in a bucket of warm soapy water. I have only heard of this being useful for getting rid of earwigs but anything is worth a try. Too easy.
The same theory applies with the straw as it does for the egg shells and sandpaper. Snails can't stand sliding over it apparently. Not only does it deter the snails but you will have a well mulched veggie patch that keeps the moisture in, as well as adding lots of good nutrients to the soil as it breaks down.
Personally, I think it makes the veggie patch look like a proper patch, just like ours pictured above. Real pro!
There you have it. Five Tips for repelling slugs straight from a kids TV show.
StrawDo you know of any other tried and tested snail repelling tips?
I also personally find Dirtgirl a bit strange to look at. Thoughts?
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