I have been trying to grow lettuce and I am having some problems with what I think are slugs and snails, Something appears to be eating my lettuce and it is not growing much. I was wondering if anyone could confirm that this is the work of snails, and recommend any strategies to stop the snails. The lettuce has been growing from about mid winter to early spring (Southern Australia)
Photos (click to enlarge) These two photos show the lettuce plants.
Any tips or help would be appreciated.
The lettuce has started to grow a bit more. I think that although snails and slugs might have been eating it, it was probably mainly the cold stopping it from growing.
This being said, Tyler K.’s advice in the accepted answer is very useful to anyone with a similar problem.
This is what the plants are starting to look like now (same plant as first photo):