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Keeping 'them' out of garden
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InVermont    Posted 02-11-2001 at 08:53:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I read the suggestions for keeping deer out of my garden, but what do you do about woodchucks, skunks, porcupines, etc. I will be putting a new garden close to the house, but won't be able to light it overnight and the location is in the path of travel for a lot of critters. Besides fencing it in and covering it with bird mesh, which I plan on doing for the deer and bird problem, what else should I consider doing?

Taylor Lambert    Posted 02-19-2001 at 12:40:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We had the problem of Cyotes eating or sweet corn and water melons, Dad told me that the coyotes are peculiar so evry trail they had into the garden we hung a kerosene lantern up stopped that.
Moles are a problem to but a good Fiest dog will terrorize them. Or one could go to extremes like my army buddy turned gardener did was to make trip wirte activate .44 rat shot shells and set them out at night. every night hed set it up. had the best raddishess and tomatoes ever. One other thing ilearned is that chicken manures high ammonia levels repell alot of insects and rodents. But you have to be careful about how much your plants get.

Redbelly1    Posted 02-12-2001 at 03:49:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
IV, we use hair to keep rabbits, groundhogs, and crows away. My wife works part time at a beauty salon, and will bring bags of hair home to put directly on the rows of whatever is planted.
It worked good for us.

Robin Sun    Posted 06-22-2003 at 18:48:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In our area people use dead crows hung in the garden to keep out crows. Do you think this would work? Do you think it is ethical?

InVermont    Posted 02-11-2001 at 09:48:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the great ideas- I'll incorporate them into my garden plan.

F14...Also    Posted 02-12-2001 at 08:39:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
When fencing against little critters, use a fine mesh fence, and set it so the bottom foot or so can be folded to the OUTSIDE and buried. That way, when the little vermin try to dig under the fence, they'll hit the mesh and be unable to dig further.

IHank    Posted 02-11-2001 at 09:13:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
IV- Admit it, the critters are always there and they are always hungry...

Suggest fence a big garden area in, with lots of lawn between the goodies and the fence. Real slick is having one side of the fenced in yard against the house. From there get you a big dog and let the fenced in yard become the dog's "territory". Git you a .22 rifle, or .410 shotgun, and a real strong flashlite, so's you can back up your dog if he/she has troubles in the middle of the nite. That's what my Grandma taught me. IHank

Salmoneye    Posted 02-11-2001 at 09:26:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I agree with IHank's suggestions.
Every time you feel nature calling just head for the garden and tinkle around the edges.
My Grandmother always swore by mothballs tossed around the edges.
I live in Vermont too, and personally appreciate the occasional free bunny stew that I harvest from the garden...


Burrhead    Posted 02-12-2001 at 18:57:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's the 1st time somebody mentioned mothballs lately. We scatter them out to keep snakes out of the sheds.

magpie    Posted 02-13-2001 at 17:38:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
We put a few pails of used kitty litter around the edges to keep out deer. Im not 100% sure but I think it helps. I know in Vermont was asking about other critters but this seemed like a good place to add this.

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