October Gardening in Melbourne
October is the month to enjoy delicious vegetables, fabulous flowers and lush new foliage. Here is a handy list of October gardening reminders for Melbourne including how to make a snail trap, using beer.
Snails and slugs can be a real headache. These small, slimy creatures reproduce quickly and love to feed on the leaves and roots of your plants, especially vegetables. Fortunately, you can get rid of garden snails. Find a suitable container, deep enough to allow slugs and snails to fall into, without being able to crawl out again. You could use empty tuna cans.
Bury your beer trap container in the soil, keeping the rim one inch (two cms) above the soil. If the container is at or below the soil level, you might also kill the beetles that eat the slugs. Fill the container with beer. The snails and slugs will climb in and they will drown !!
Empty the traps every two or three days. The beer will lose its potency over time, so you'll have to pour the old beer out and add new beer every few days. If it rains in your beer trap, you'll also have to empty and replace the beer. There's no need to empty your beer traps filled with dead snails. Other snails will be attracted to their friends' decomposing bodies. Here are some more helpful gardening tips: