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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Munchies

So this must be who is eating my basil...


We found this enormous snail in our driveway a few days ago. He certainly solves the mystery of why my seedlings keep getting mowed to the ground and why my basil has seen better days. The kids thought he was wonderful. We took him for show and tell, and he was a big hit. But at the end of the day I LIKE MY BASIL BETTER! He was shown mercy and released a day later in the schoolyard, but his compadres will not be so lucky.


Attempting to grow organic, I researched my options (asked my mom) and chose to use diatomaceous earth . It is a microscopic one-celled organism and successfully kills slugs, and insects by dehydration. It's much cheaper than other organic and non-organic options. So far I have seen a major improvement! I sprinkled it around the plants that have been under slug and snail "siege", and only a few days later they are standing up straight and have no new damage.





4 comments:

Dale said...

Sarah,

Very interesting. Where did you buy the Diatomaceous Earth?

Sarah said...

I found it at Home Depot believe it or not. Then this year I bought it from a local Ace Hardware.

Amy Olson said...

I think DE is one of the best solutions for slugs and other soft bodied pests....it even helps with ant problems.

carol said...

That looks like a "wolf snail" they are predators and their favorite food is other snails... not kidding they can eat loads and loads of them... Check it out! When I find them I put them in various snail prone areas of the garden...