Most of us in this side of the planet are happy that the weather is less wacky than it was during the latter part of last year. We still get the occasional afternoon rainshower (which is unusual for this time of the year) but the temperature is quite tolerable now.
This also bids well for my garden. Last quarter, my herbs suffered a blow because of the weather’s mood swings. In the morning it would be scorching then in the afternoon there would be a downpour. PMSing isn’t this bad.
Anyway, this killed all my herbs. My dream of having a drink in our outdoor lounges while catching a whiff of my basil and rosemary shrubs all went kaput.
So I put off planting until after the holidays to take advantage of the better weather. True enough, my new plants have been thriving. Not one single mortality and they’ve been growing fast.
All this changed in the last few days when we noticed that there was a sudden surge of garden snails. We’re accustomed to seeing a few in the garden from time to time. This time, however, we had a deluge of slugs and snails. And their target, my herbs.
Last night we went on a witch hunt and accosted several of the critters while they were munching away on their preferred dinner of basil and rosemary.
I did some research on how to deal with them. Some suggested sprinkling the base of the plants with a type of soil that was “jagged” and would wound the snails. I didn’t like that at all.
The method I’m liking is putting out pans and filling them with beer. Snails and slugs are drawn to this and they eventually drown in the liquid. I’m thinking, it will be less painful since they’ll probably be rip-roaring drunk when they drown.
So am off to get several bottles of brew for my garden visitors….and I’ll probably drink with them as well. *wink*