Why Snails Stopped Eating My Tomato Plants: Petroleum Jelly!

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Dear Fellow Gardener,

You Know How Snails Get Into Your Garden?


Since Deer Started to eat the Spine covered leaves of my Zuchini Squash plants I use Containers.

Plastic Buckets.

Right by my back door.

Yesterday, while watering my Squash, Yellow tomatoes, peas and Kale I found a Snail.


Sucking juice out of a tomato plant stem.

It took me 5 Tries to get his Slimey body away from my tomato plant. Slippery little sucker.

You Know about Ashes, right?

WOOD ASH around a plant Container seems to keep snails away.

But it’s 90 degrees outside on June 22, 2020.

Not burning wood now. So that is out.

You know how gardeners Love to show off.

So I watched 9 YouTube Videos.

“7 Organic Methods for Keeping Slugs and Snails Away” And lots more Videos with Slimey Slug Titles.

But all 9 of these folks were Showing Off.


They collected a bunch of ideas OTHER Gardeners Are Using.

Beer Traps

Yeast and Water Traps (Snails seem to like Yeast)

Salt — Damages the slugs body

Vinegar — dissolves the snails body

Ground up EggShells — Sharp edges they won’t cross.




And all of these Fancy strategies are KAPUT!

Then I came to a one minute Video.

An old Lady.

She said, “Get A rag or plastic Gloves. A Jar of Petroleum Jelly. And Smear the Top of your Planters with Jelly. Just use one finger. And Be sure to use a rag. Or Gloves. Because water won’t wash the Petroleum Jelly off your finger.”


Just what I was Looking for.

Might not have the Pizzazz of Building BEER TRAPS to drown Snails. But repeated rains won’t wash it off. AND snails won’t cross.


One more Thing.

WEIRD bit of Info.

Turns out SNAILS GLOW under black light.

So best time to find Snails is at night. Using Ultra Violet light.


Glenn Osborn