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I planted vegetables this summer and the snails ate them! Because
I don't like killing anything, I used to periodically collect the snails
at night in a bucket then take them up to the top of my street
where there is a park, and dump them out. Hedgehogs even began
to gather in anticipation of
All in all, this system didn't work very well. The snails just did
their homing pigeon routine, and seemed to acquire an even
bigger appetite. In the end I gave up, and let them eat away.
Folk kept telling me that crushed eggshells are a very effective
deterrent, and I believe them, so I bring you The Eggshell
It's a bit like one of those hand held, cheese grating devices. A
little hopper feeds a rotating drum that masticates the contents,
which fall simply fall out the other end. (see link)
The main differences are: The Eggshell Sprinkler System has a
heating element in the storage hopper - this dries out the
eggshells, so that they don't cling to the apparatus. There is also a
flexible extension tube, to deliver the fragmented contents to
ground level, so that you don't have to stoop down to get under
the spreading leaves.
The delux version has a control gauge to allow for adjusting the
pressure of the crushing roller system, to create a coarse,
standard, or fine particle.
I have an ancient one of these [xenzag, Aug 19 2009]
||//and seemed to acquire an even bigger appetite//
All that exercise!
||This idea is a bit of a yolk ....
||This would also be useful for those times when you have to walk on eggshells.
||This is half way there. Next it should channel the pulverized shell through a vibration trough (like that thing they used to have in the science museum, if you ever saw it) and carefully irrigate the slug-prone areas of the garden with it, all automatically.
||Snails are homing? Really?
||Hmmm... How long do snails live? How fast are they?
||I could set up a homing snail club.
||How many homing snails would it take to move a good-sized couch, I wonder?