common garden snail
There is something so amazing and ancient about gastropods. To the nature-lovin’-observer in me, they are magnificent. Their whorls are so colorful and iridescent seeming. Their slimy skin reflects emerald and turquoise, and the texture of their skin is so detailed… To the gardener in me, they are a nightmare. In the past, they have consumed mouthfuls of my delicious greens. And they feed on more than just leafy greens. They are pests of ripening fruits that are close to the ground. Think strawberries, artichokes, and tomatoes.
They are so beautiful!!!!!…but, as amazing as they are, keep an eye out for these lil’ guys if you want to enjoy your garden greens before the resident snails and slugs get to them!
Snails love to snack on: Basil, beans, cabbage, hostas, lettuce, marigolds, strawberries, and many other vegetable plants.
Snails don’t really have a taste for: Begonias, California poppy, fuchsias, geraniums, impatiens, nasturtiums, and plants with stiff leaves and highly scented foliage such as lavender, rosemary, and sage. Garlic, rosemary, and wormwood tend to keep them at a distance, so that’s a good place to start.
Did you know? Copper is a natural snail repellent! If you tie a copper band around the trunk of a fruit tree, it will prevent snails from climbing up and reaching the foliage and fruit!