Well I never…!
Today I just don’t know what to say.
I probably don’t need to. I think that this picture says it all!
Here’s the long shot – just in case you were curious!
This post was inspired by Bill Mollison who said “You don’t have a snail problem, you have a duck deficiency”.
We used to have ducks. They were great company, kept the more slimy pests in the garden at bay and were great fertilisers.
How we came to have ducks is a funny story but, it’s a long one so I won’t go into it here. Since my ducks have been gone for some time and my chooks aren’t at all interested in snails and slugs (I can’t blame them really) I have developed a duck deficiency. The most common symptom of a duck deficiency is: an increased number of snails and slugs in the garden.
With the very wet year we’ve had the population of snails in our garden has exploded. As you can see in the picture above I lifted a plank of wood and found where all of the snails have all been hiding the past few years. Now, most people would be pretty disturbed by such a sight and break out the snail pallets or beer traps. That’s just not my style. So, how do I treat a duck deficiency?
I put them in a container and take them to my local lake where there are heaps of ducks and geese that are only too happy to help.
If these were strawberries I’d get $7 a punnet. These ducks are getting a bargain!
Punnet of snails anyone?