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Aloe vera! more than just a plant!(using a plant to repel snails!)

Want to keep snails away? want to be kind to the enviroment?look no further!
 
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Step 2: Getting started

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Pick the Aloe Vera 3 small spears should do.  To take them off try using a twisting motion while holding the plant down and pulling at once.

Step 3: Making the repelent

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Fill a bowl with the Aloe Vera spears and about 1- 2 cups of  water.

Step 4: Squish!!!goolp glop!!!

Stir and mash the Aloe Vera in the bowl with the spoon.

Step 5: Add a little

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Add a little water and keep stiring unti the Aloe Vera is completely devoid of "meat ".  You should try to pick out the skin or you may leave it in there. 

Step 6: Tadah!!!

Add to a spray bottle and spray over the plants.  The mix should look like green tea.  Because this mixture is still organic and just diluted it will rot.  The mixture has a shelf life of about 1month or so.  If not please leave a comment saying the day of which the Aloe Vera snail repellent expired

Step 7: Please!

Lets face it this was pretty good huh? and it works! So please please please leave a comment and rate my Instructable!
jravenelle9 months ago

I will definitely try this! It's a lot of work in So Cal keeping the snails off my parsley & other herbs! Thanks!

mmphoenix3 years ago
Great! I have Aloe & problems with snails. I'll be test.
crazycloud4 years ago
 Great instructable, I have both snails and aloe vera already 
daxzelstar4 years ago
very impressive! and it actually works!!
how did you come up with this?
yofortune (author)  unbentcrayfish5 years ago
I was bored one day when I saw the contest and I said I have to win that composter for my gram.  So i looked around the patio for inspiration and I stumbled upon a few plants with aphids and snail and slug problems and i ran to get the spray.  I started feeling bad about the environment like always and looked toward the aloe vera.  I noticed 1) that there were no aphids on it 2) never have I seen it eaten by slugs or snails and 3) aloe vera is great for lots of uses. I dont think anyone has ever noticed this before and this could be a new discovery upon old things.  I remember getting cuts and having my gram put the slimy stuff on my cuts.  I basically grew up with the idea. *NOTE* Aloe vera is only for minor lacerations.
Rocksterr5 years ago
Excellent presentation. Just the kind of solution I was looking for to solve my slug and snail problem. BTW, Aloe is great to put on a burn. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
Claude35 years ago
So where were you when the slugs were eating my fourth try at melons and squash? I'm gona have to try this. Thanks
yofortune (author)  Claude35 years ago
please tell all your friends and next time ill post stuff faster then when i discover them please vote for me and tell your friends!
tonictina5 years ago
I did go on a tour of an aloe vera farm in China, and they served us (tourist) fresh cut aloe vera. It was slimey and gross. I just hope it wasn't poisonous, according to one of the comments left here. Thanks for your Instructable. I will definitely give this a try.
yofortune (author)  tonictina5 years ago
its safe but just make sure you wash your plant before you eat them to get rid of bacteria that naturally occurs on plants and if you eat it just like that it wont taste as good.
yofortune (author) 5 years ago
thanks for leaving posotive comment and you will see more ingenious inventions from the legendary yofortune!!!
yofortune (author) 5 years ago
IT is perfectly safe to eat the plant that you spray this stuff on just make sure you wash them (you probably do any way)so you can wash off the spray and the other germs on it just incase.thank you vote for me!!!
Vailhem5 years ago
try taking it too...
http://wholesalesupplementstore.com/naturesway-aloevera-100caps.html?productid=naturesway-aloevera-100caps&channelid=FROOG

thats my brand of choice, though others might be better, thats what I've always purchased from Whole Foods.

Amazing results.
belsey Vailhem5 years ago
Just don't drink aloe juice pressed from your own plants... commercial food grade aloe has the anthraquinone (poisonous substance, probably the stuff snails don't like) removed.
Browncoat5 years ago
Aloe Vera repels snails? I didn't realize that. Does it repel slugs too?
yofortune (author)  Browncoat5 years ago
yeah ive put raw alovera meat on a rock near my habenaros and they havent eaten any leaves on it for weeks.
yofortune (author)  yofortune5 years ago
It repels all bugs actually nothing ever eat my aloe vera
rimar20005 years ago
I have used Aloe Vera for hair maintenance during years, with good results
karossii5 years ago
You've never one anything? Have you two anything? What about three?