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.
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?