This year, I started growing vegetables. The potato plants are magnificent, the tomato plants are grumpy, but coming along slowly, and my salad area has lots of visitors every night - visitors of the shelled and slimy kind - who have come to take advantage of the new breakfasting zone.
Here is one of them.
Here's a tip I've discovered that every gardener can use.
I accidentally left a box of vegetable peelings (destined for the compost) out one night and found that snails were drawn to it. Dozens of them. Their snack of choice? Potato peelings.
I spread a couple of handfuls of fresh potato peelings around my salad leaves the next night, and when I went out to check everything, the snails were back, chomping on the peels, not on the plants!
The peel rots down after a couple of days, so you need to keep adding a handful here and there, but it works. Now the snails get their meal and I get my lettuce. It's simple, but it works.
Slugs and snails are not the enemy, my friends. They're looking for a tasty meal, just like the rest of us. Embrace your snails!