Recieved: 1999/11/27 02:10
Subject: Re: [K-list] Sentient plants (was carnivores/vegetarians)
From: Martin Thompson
On 1999/11/27 02:10, Martin Thompson posted thus to the K-list:
20:39:41 Fri, 26 Nov 1999
at CKRESSATnospamaol.com writes:
>Once I wrote to several people in a holistic gardener's group that welcomed
>questions about organic gardening. I asked if any of them had figured out
>how to deal with snails and insect predators (I didn't even mention my qualms
>about weeding) in a compassionate way. Not a single one bothered to answer
>me; I got the strong sense that my question struck them as ludicrous and they
>probably thought I was some kind of nut case.
Perhaps you need to dig a moat around your garden to keep the snails
As for natural predators, some birds eat snails I believe. If your local
ones don't, what about small mammals (rats, mice, hedgehogs) and also
ducks (Khaki Campbell and Indian Runner ducks are the best for snail
control) and chickens eat them. Too many chickens can cause problems
since they scratch around and make the place dusty, attracting mites.
You might also experiment with various natural substances (cold tea,
lemon, and so on - I don't particularly expect either of those two to
work though. I would expect them to dislike pepper or chilli powder) to
see if there are any that they don't seem to like, or which act as a
repellent. The following web site has a list of natural pest repellents:
Otherwise, they hate lime and copper sulphate - certain plants don't
like these either. Copper wire may not be enough: you would need copper
sheeting to keep snails out.
By totally destroying your garden and leaving it free of all vegetation,
you can get the snails to leave and look elsewhere for food ;-).
Martin Thompson martinATnospamtucana.demon.co.uk
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