Joined: 17 Sep 2005
Location: Lyme Rd, Uplyme
|Posted: 22/09/06, 11:46 Post subject: Pesky snails
|I grew my cabbages under fleece this year to try to keep the Cabbage White butterflies from laying eggs on them (and hopefully avoid the caterpillars that seem to be programmed with just one function - cabbage destruction !
The fleece was a partial success, but the bird-free environment I created seems to have been a haven for every snail in the garden and they are now parked inside the cabbages slowly chomping away.
I try to be as organic as I can in the veg plot, so I don't like to use slug pellets, resorting to them only in really dire cases, but in this situation the varmints are not on the ground anyway.
I did some research on the web and came up with a novel approach - coffee !
It seems slugs and snails just cannot stand caffeine - even at the strengths that humans drink it. For more info see:-
So, I will brew up a really strong pot of black coffee, allow it to cool and then spray it on the cabbages and surrounding soil.
Watch this space for the results !
it's never too late