Sunday, December 26, 2010

Snips & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails


 Note:  A clothespin was used for scale without considering the fact that many people do not know what a clothespin is. 

The garden has recently experienced buckets of rain.  Hurray!  Leaves are washed clean.  Everything is fresh.  I noticed that something resembling sand grains had bubbled up at a joint in the concrete.  Strange.  Previously there was an alkali problem that Farmer MacGregor was treating with sulfur.  Was the rain so intense that sand bubbled up through the joint to the surface?  Wait a minute.  The native soil is junky clay.  This can’t be sand.  Zoom in for a better look-see.

DSC_2285_5506 What?!

SNAILS!  RED ALERT!  There must be approximately 354 gazillion snails lining this crack.  Smokes. 

  • How will I get this invasion under control?  I’ve never had to deal with snails on this magnitude before. 
  • Can I order some Mormon Seagulls? 
  • What is a natural predator to the snail?  Dogs, cats, mice, toads, birds, etc.
  • Should I surround them with copper?  Nah.  The patina will stain the concrete.
  • Salt?  Doesn’t salt cause other problems while solving the snail issue?

Today, we cleaned up the mess made from what blew in from yet another storm experienced on Christmas.  After that, I dragged a flat shovel along this crack and may have scrunched about 297,000 snails.  That’s a far cry from annihilation; but it’s the best I can do today.  With a hearty list of predators, these little guys should help sustain another species for at least an hour.  Clear skies are predicted for the next couple of days.  Hopefully, some hungry birds will have their way with the remaining population.  The toads will most likely be hibernating for a while longer.


In the meantime, we need to get some rest from all the garden chores completed today.






Francesca said...

I've never seen so many snails before! I only get the occasional one here and there, and all I have to do is remove them. I hope some hungry birds to fly your way soon!

Far Side of Fifty said...

ewee..lots of snails..maybe you can cook them..escargot..never had it in these parts it is called escargo..escargone ..escarwent. Must be a scandanavian humor thing:)


I've never seen so many before either but perhaps they were there and never made it to maturity.

As for eating them...I'll leave that to the toads.

Aunt Snow said...

Wow!! I guess the scraping shovel is the best idea.

The puppy is so sweet!