The pattern of dry, overcast mornings continues.
Not very satisfying weather for a gastropod hunter.
The only gastropod action this morning was under bags of compost and potting soil, plus one slug hiding on the side of a raised garden bed.
There weren’t even that many weeds to pull while I was looking for snails and slugs to pick.
So … I’m revisiting the beer idea as a way to lure slugs and snails out of hiding (because they have to be hiding somewhere if they appear in relatively large numbers on dewy mornings) and make my morning gastropod forays more productive.
As I’ve mentioned before, our earlier attempts to set up the pan of beer were not wildly successful. We could tell from the slime trails that snails and slugs had been drinking the beer, but very few carried through by drowning their sorrows (and themselves) in the beer.
Can the proponents of the beer method make recommendations as far as the best kind of pan (or can) to minimize escape from the beer, the best way to set it up in the garden, domestic versus imported beer, etc.? The yard is large enough that we can probably implement a variety of beer-trap approaches, so don’t hold back.
Thanks in advance.
Today’s take: seven slugs and no snails.