Snails In The Kitchen Garden

Snails are often found in the kitchen garden.

Cynthia asked, “Should I get rid of the snails in my kitchen garden? Do they do damage?”

  • Unfortunately the garden snail is seen as a pest by many gardeners and vegetable growers since the snail predominantly eats leaf and plant materials.
  • So yes the snails will damage your kitchen garden crops.
  • You will probably never get rid of all the snails in your kitchen garden but you should try to control the numbers of snails to a reasonably low level.
  • You can use either natural or chemical pest control. There are lots of organic and chemical products on the market as well as other methods of pest control such as picking the snails off the plants by hand.

I hope that the garden snail does not eat all your kitchen garden plants and that you can get this garden pest under control. Click on the following links for information about snail control in the garden and methods of snail pest control.

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  1. Hi Sara, I remember one year carefully collecting all the snails I was finding in the garden, a lot from under large rockery stones, into a neat pile, to take up to the tip, as I can’t kill them. I then forget they are there and take one step back and crunch, you guessed it, all of them smashed to smitherines, I did feel sad, but nothing I could do with a pile of shell and gloopy mess. x

    Comment by Louise – February 19, 2008 @ 11:30 am

  2. My mom has successfully eradicated these garden pests by meticulous picking and trapping (with simple bowls of water). She said she once spent an hour and counted 100 snails! Now there are very few in her flower beds 🙂

    Comment by nikkipolani – February 19, 2008 @ 7:45 pm