On Friday last week I posted about using used coffee grounds to deter garden pests.
They work! They definitely work against snails and slugs.
And I have proof!
It rained over the weekend, and that always brings the snails out for a forage of my seedlings - summer and winter - our snails don't take a break in winter, unfortunately.
T'was late at night when I hopped outside to see if the coffee grounds were working. Picture me - standing there in the rain, with my jersey over my head (well, I had just washed my hair, and rain + freshly washed hair = frizz), camera in one hand and torch in the other...
I immediately I spotted two snails on my SIP's (sub-irrigated planters). (I'm having to grow my town veg and salads in them as the roots from our neighbours trees have become so totally invasive.)
I was entranced.
Forget the rain - forget the hair. All I was worried about at that stage was whether the batteries in my camera and torch would last.
Both these these fellows had had a sample of what lay in their path ahead, and it would appear that neither of them liked it too much.
|Snail # 1 making a u-turn|
|Snail # 2 also turning round to|
escape the coffee grounds
|But he still turned round hee hee|
|Nope - not interested in munching anything|
I have a couple of pots on my back patio (my winter nursery area) which contain more pea seedlings. I decided to play devil's advocate.
There was a juicy looking snail making it's way towards the pots. I plucked him off and shoved him into the pot - on the coffee grounds laden soil and amongst the peas.
|Aren't I nasty - but it was all in the name|
of my experiment, and no snail was harmed
in the course of it
|Will he or won't he take a munch?|
|Lemme outta here!|
|Another one lives to be frog / tabakrolletjie food|
So - used coffee grounds definitely work on keeping snails at bay. Stay tuned till after the Easter weekend to find out if it works on the ants....