My trick for low maintenance, affordable, salt-free, organic snail repellent #Plants & Gardening#gardening#organic#pests Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Apr 29 2015) Guest post by Mariah Ultraviolet By: leszekleszczynski – CC BY 2.0 I have never been much of a gardener. Growing up, I always enjoyed spending time in the garden, but was much more interested in eating the fresh produce than actually planting it and taking the time to watch it grow. Like many other things in my life, my feelings about gardening have turned around completely this Spring, as I enjoy it with a young toddler. I knew that a raised bed is the most practical place to plant anything you do not want consumed by gophers. I sowed some seeds, but opted to include a few starters for some instant gratification. Our garden was well on its way! The next day, I was pleased to see that the gophers had not engineered a ladder system to invade our garden bed overnight. Another pest, however, had paid us a visit. Snails had munched several tiny holes in our baby lettuce. Annoyed, I began searching the internet for natural snail repellents. Most resources suggested one salt-based concoction or another that you could apply around your garden area. My first thought was that I had better things to do than sprinkling or spraying things around the yard all day — I already water it, isn't that enough? Over the course of my online research I recalled reading something about putting crushed eggshells around your plants, because slimy things don't like the sharp texture. I also heard that slugs hate rosemary. Fortunately, we have two good-sized rosemary plants in our yard. I pulled off several long sprigs and lined the inside perimeter of our garden bed with it — what did I have to lose? If slugs do in fact have an aversion to rosemary, this should do the trick. As a bonus, it is somewhat prickly, so I figured once it dried it would be particularly uncomfortable to slime your way over. Related Post An ode to edamame: my homegrown, protein-rich popcorn replacement I do not care what you say; the BEST snack food in the world is edamame. Green, healthy, savory, salty -- steamed soybeans have the... Read more I am not sure which factor deters the snails, or if it is just a coincidence, but we are going on three weeks completely free of snail invasions. I lay down some new rosemary when a part of my perimeter is looking sparse, but other than that it is really low maintenance. I am looking forward to sharing the "fruits" of our labor with my family later this spring! Here's to all the gardening in the years to come. There you have it: our organic, salt-free, low maintenance snail repellent. What are some ways you keep your organic garden pest free? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Mariah Ultraviolet I live in a beach town on the central coast of California with my silly, nerdy, loving little family. We are currently planning an offbeat wedding, complete with superhero Converse for Mommy, Daddy and Baby of course. That's the only detail we've nailed down so far! Our family enjoys learning ASL, reading books, and poking things with sticks. The exact number of our other hobbies is a quantity only fellow nerds would recognize. PREVIOUS 6 valuable life (and parenting) lessons that I learned from Disney's Frozen NEXT 20+ reusable water bottles with personality Show/Hide comments [ 9 ] I needed this! I have a *very* few veggies planted, and the slugs have come in force. I hated the idea of sprays or salt, so mean! Thank you! Reply If only my rosemary hadn't died off over the winter. It is good incentive to plant more, thank you for the tip. Reply You can also get some carnivorous snails. I think your rosemary idea is best – it keeps the snails out. But if you couldn't keep the snails out because your area is too big or lacks a defined border, you can buy a container of carnivorous snails at most lawn and garden stores. They eat the bad snails and slugs, not your plants. Where I grew up, the city populated some local parks with these critters. So I have always just gone and picked them up by hand and took them back to my flower garden when we noticed the snails were getting out of control… Reply Great idea! I've never heard of this before. And I never use as much rosemary as my plant produces, so it's nice to finally have a use for the extra. Reply I bought this for my yard. We have a small front yard, but too large to use the rosemary. I bought this roll of copper mesh. Snails and slugs won't cross it because it gives them a tiny electric shock. Cut off a length and encircled the plant tying the two ends together. Made my yard very bright and shiny. The roll is huge, so it'll last several seasons. http://www.amazon.com/Garden-Slug-Snail-Copper-Mesh/dp/B00A3WOIYY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1430334159&sr=8-2&keywords=copper+snail+tape Reply Used coffee grounds are also supposed to be effective. However, I love using copper tape around my pots; it's effective (but non-lethal) and it looks lovely! For large beds instead of pots, you can make 'collars' for the individual plants — you can use anything round, like petfood cans with the bottom cut out, or gallon ice cream tubs cut in round strips, and the copper tape on it. Just have to make sure there are no leaves acting as 'bridges' over the collar. Reply Yes! My first job was in a garden store in the Pacific North West – we sold "fancy", one inch wide copper tape to keep snails and slugs out. Really though, the 1/4 of an inch kind from the hardware store will work just as well. Also it looks nice. Reply Terrified and horrified by Gastropoda. So grateful to learn this!!! Rosemary and copper will be my friends 🙂 Reply I haven't tried this myself, but I've heard that you can partially bury a half-full bottle of beer (that is, with the neck sticking up out of the ground), and the slugs and snails will be attracted to the scent, crawl into the bottle, get drunk* and drown. *They totally do get drunk, too; I've seen videos of slugs lolling around and falling off of shit after being fed beer. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.