I had a horrible problem with groundhogs. I tried all of the tricks I could
find and no luck. They kept digging under my fence
and into the garden. Out of frustration, I cut several hundred stakes about a
foot long and drove them into the ground at the fence
line leaving a 1" gap between. They would dig a while then move on, dig a
while... After a few days, they just gave up. That was
over a year ago.
Last weekend I started to notice that something was eating my lettuce. The next
day it was me beans. I couldn't figure out how
they were getting in. No holes in the fence and no tunnels under the fence.
The third day I noticed that the tops of my tomatoes
were eaten, and they are 4' high. I then noticed a pile of deer droppings.
Great, after 2+ years with a 4' high fence, the deer
decide to jump over it. So, two evenings ago, I put up a 7-1/2 foot high deer
fence around my 30 x 45 garden.
Sometimes I wonder why I even try to grow anything! Between the cost of
materials and time, it's probably cheaper to just but the
veggies. However, at harvest time (assuming I have anything left by then), I
will know it was worth it.
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know
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