A number of years in the past I lucked right into a 6’ in diameter tub from the recycling middle. It’s about 30” tall and already had a gap within the backside so it was the proper mattress to develop all completely different sorts of greens. Because it was to be a meals supply, I might have the ability to actually monitor what went into the soil.
I started including compost, wooden chips, potting soil and each meals scrap from my kitchen (no dairy or meat). That is the third yr and I now have a foot of soil rising all varieties of spinach, Swiss chard, lettuce and collards. Mid-summer I seen a vine attempting to take over the mattress. It was filled with blooms so I let it develop.
Certain sufficient, it’s some kind of melon rising from meals scraps. Whereas attempting to determine what type it’s, I picked it up and the beneath was lined in snails who have been consuming into the melon.
So what to do about slugs and snails. There are business merchandise available on the market however since we might be consuming the produce, I’m in search of one other method. Listed here are a few of the choices I discovered.
Decide them off. Yuk. Put on latex gloves and go to your backyard an hour or two after the solar goes down or very early within the morning. Deliver a flashlight. Verify in any shady space – they just like the darkish. When you are there, examine for eggs as properly. They seem in clusters, are colorless and concerning the measurement of a BB. You can even make a vinegar resolution (equal components vinegar and water) and spray straight on the snail or slug.
Pour cornmeal and in small piles round your backyard. They eat it, it expands of their abdomen and kills them. An alternative choice is to place cornmeal in a jar and lay it on its aspect. They are going to crawl in and have their final meal.
Diatomaceous Earth is a pure product that has high-quality edges that the snails and slugs don’t like. If it rains, you have to to reapply. It’s much less efficient when moist.
Espresso grounds. They don’t just like the odor and can keep away from it. It doesn’t kill them although and so they could revisit. Bonus: Espresso grounds are good to your backyard.
Copper surfaces. They don’t like copper. A number of sources stated that it offers them a light electrical shock. Should you don’t have copper items laying round your own home, attempt throwing in some pennies.
It is very important deal with snails or slugs as quickly as you see them. They’re hermaphrodites (feminine and male) and lay eggs as much as six instances a yr.