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Saturday, September 18, 2010


If my research can be trusted, the brown garden snails that drive me nuts were brought here during the gold rush as a food source that didn't quite fly with the locals and were thus let loose to feast upon the green bits of California. Thanks large. 
I know how to kill them. I know how to kill them "organically". I'm ashamed to admit I even know how to cook and eat them. Yes, it's more than a little bit survivor-woman, but it was a bad day and you should have seen what they did to the impatiens. Overnight I tell yah! Still they live. I don't kill them. I don't cook and eat them and wouldn't even if I ate meat because the process involves skimming snail scum off the pot of boiling snailyness for an hour. With all due respect to French cuisine, I myself cannot do that, nor can I feed them for weeks on cornmeal like they were my little friends when what I'm really doing is cleaning out their insides before I toss them into that pot of boiling water..
Instead  I pick them off my holey hydrangeas and throw them over the fence.  I know they come back.
I've been tempted to put a dot of fingernail polish on their backs to verify that they come back, but haven't as yet.   I just don't have it in me to make something suffer if I can keep from it.  It's hard not to go in and get the salt, especially when you  look at them eating your hydrangea and swear they're saying, "Almost done here" knowing full well they're eyeballing the maidenhair fern.


  1. Egads, woman! If I ever wanted to try escargot, you've put a visual in my head that will keep me gagging.
    Why not put a salt line around your plants? Thats how I had to keep them out of my house....I have a slime trail across my ceiling that shimmers when the light hits it just so...

  2. Well, I put the salt across my door steps.

  3. I could, but then the salt washes down into the soil and causes problems. Plus I have hundreds of earth worms that I want to keep happy. The snails and I have just agreed to disagree.

  4. I try any food once but the only thing I couldn't try was escargot on a cruise-- I ordered it and just let it sit.

    That is a great macro photo-- is it yours? If so you might enjoy linking up to the Macro Monday photo meme at Lisa's Chaos.

  5. As to snails, I've tried them, but I can give you my total experience with them by saying "garlic flavored rubber bands of unpleasant girth" It is my photo, so I'll definitely check that out. I either credit or if possible, ask the photographer if I can use their work.

  6. I tried them, too. Might as well eat small balls of overcooked garlicky chicken. same same


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