I went snailhunting this morning. There are way too many snails and slugs. 😒

I wish them the most gruesome death for trying to kill my garden.

@trinsec we collect them in a bucket, walk a few hundred meters along the small river next to the farm and let them loose in the grass. 200 meters minimum, because then they can't find the way back to your garden.

@StroomAfwaarts I don't quite have that luxury without bothering other people's gardens with those nuisances. I generally throw them in the biobak, but atm that's curbside waiting to be emptied.

@trinsec ah yes, then they spend their last two weeks in heaven ☺️

@StroomAfwaarts Not this batch.. since I don't have a bucket with a lid.. they're killed with some salt to prevent them from escaping until the biobak's returned. Then I'll just dump them in there... it's their grave. 💀 :P

@trinsec you could sprinkle some salt on them to enjoy the watching of the gruesome death

@barefootstache I did. Not feeling enjoyment in it though, more like justice. :P

@trinsec You can set up an "electric fence" for snails using a (I think) 9V battery. Its just 2 wires that are about half the length of the snails body apart, as they try to cross both, they keep getting a jolt and eventually leave.

Alternatively: go get some ducks. They will eat every last snail they can find! They're used in Asia to keep snails off of rice fields, and in the US on other staple crops and veggies. :blobcat3c:

@johnabs Nice thought, but a fence's not really practical, or I need to spend a fortune on copper wire. ;) And even then those plants have leaves that act like wonderful bridges, bypassing any fence.

And ducks won't survive for long in this cat-infested neighbourhood.

Now if only cats could hunt snails...

@trinsec You can use aluminum wire instead, which is much cheaper. Here's a link of an actual "tutorial" just to make sure you're not interested :3

Also, that just means you have to get your pruning game on! BONSAI THESE BAD BOYS (you know, just without the miniaturizing part).

Or, you could get a dog to protect the ducks which are protecting the garden...but then you'll need something to protect the dog, hmm...🤔 I think it will be a guarden instead of a garden in no time.

@trinsec i've seen gardeners #snailhating for such a long time now, and it really saddens me. i wonder what are some positive permaculture ideas about the issue.

@nebuchi Well, if you see half your garden getting decimated wouldn't you hate snails either?

@trinsec i did and i don't. but i understand the sentiment.

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