1000 Flowers for the Planet - #464 Repel Snails with Petroleum Gel
Here’s a good idea to keep your seedlings, plants and even veggies safe from snails. Rub petroleum gel around the top edge of your plant pots (actually – I’m wondering why you couldn’t rub it around the pot a few inches from the bottom – it should work just as well). The other suggestion is to rub the petroleum gel under the lip of the pot to prevent accidentally getting the gel on your clothes if you rub past the pot. Good idea! Slugs and snails don’t like the gel and should therefore be repelled enough to go find an easier food source. This makes growing vegetables in pots a particularly good idea (remember to water them often). It’s a kinder way of dealing with the snails, too, who are themselves a food source for other animals.