Does anyone have an organic recipe for snail repent in the garden?

I need a recipe that is ORGANIC and not offensive (smell wise) to sitting or visiting the garden, that actually kills the snails! I can plant flowers and they will be gone THE NEXT DAY!!

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 12, 2018
    food grade diatomeous earth,crushed eggs shells, copper barriers,horticultal oil

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 12, 2018
    Free range chickens. Ours love snails.

  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 12, 2018
    A pie tin with stale beer in it works, they get drunk and drown.

  • Charline Charline on Mar 12, 2018
    Shallow pan with BEER in it worked great for me.

  • Cyn32670416 Cyn32670416 on Mar 12, 2018
    You can put crushed egg shells around the stems. The slugs won't go over the shells.

  • Castrang17 Castrang17 on Mar 12, 2018
    In a 16 oz-20 oz spray bottle, add Essential Oil Cedarwood and Patchouli, 15-20 drops each, add water, spray the areas the snails frequent. The snails should be repelled by the scent and leave.

  • William William on Mar 13, 2018
    Sink a few bowls or plates in the ground level with the surface. Fill the bowls/plates with (cheap) beer. The yeast attracts the slugs. They drink their fill and drown. Not their sorrows

    Anything you can make it uncomfortable for the slugs/snails to crawl on will deter them. A combination of solutions from everyone here should take care of them.

    Broken nutshells work in the same way as egg shells when getting rid of slugs. Break up the nutshells into small pieces, and create a protective barrier around your plants. Any slugs that come near your vegetables will soon turn the other way.

    Crushed egg shells work as a great home remedy of slugs. This is because slugs don’t like moving across sharp objects, although it isn’t not impossible for them to do, they just prefer not to. Break up the empty egg shells into small(ish) pieces and place around the flowers, plants, vegetables, and fruits you want to keep safe from slug damage.

    Ash and Cinders make a rough protective barrier, and the fine ash also acts as a desiccant that dries the slug out. Wood ash and cinders are preferable. Avoid direct contact with plants.

    Grit and Gravel. The sharp rasping edges of finely crushed ‘horticultural grit’ makes an excellent slug barrier. Coarser gravel is largely ineffective, other than for decorative purposes.

    Sandpaper. Cut rings of sandpaper and slip them round the stems of vulnerable plants.

    Sawdust makes a good coarse barrier around tender plants, also acting as a desiccant that dries the slug out. Hardwood sawdust is most effective, and some people recommend cedar or oak.

    Copper Rings or Discs. Solid copper rings/discs of various diameter, used to encircle single or small groups of plants to inflict a mild electric shock on the unsuspecting slug. Look for rings that clip together. These are easy to slip round established plant stems, or join together to form a larger barrier.

    • Sylvie Sylvie on Mar 13, 2018
      Thank you for your response! That was a lot of great info!

  • Ellis Ellis on Mar 13, 2018
    Sluggo, available commercially, is safe for organic gardens.

    • Sylvie Sylvie on Mar 13, 2018
      Awesome. Thank you. I did not know Sluggo came in an organic formula!!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 13, 2018
    Sprinkle Epsom salt, it literally makes the snails dissolve and the plants love it. If it rains you'll have to reapply.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Mar 13, 2018
    Just sprinkle crushed egg shells around the plants and they will not cross.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Aug 02, 2020

    Hi Sylvie, it might sound silly but we have a few overturned flowerpots, with a stone placed under the rim to lift them up a bit, scattered around our garden. We check them every few days for snails. They like crawling inside. Grapefruit and orange halves work too. We also try watering our garden in the morning instead of the evening. Snails and slugs like moist conditions so by watering in the morning it gives the surface soil time to dry out by the evening when snails are most active.