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Post  AFLfan on 4/20/2010, 12:31 pm

In seasons past, we've had skunks (I think) uprooting things when our SFG boxes were only six inches high. So for that, and other reasons, we built our SFG boxes two feet tall. A couple of them have been planted for weeks now, and we have a nice batch of onions, asparagus, beets, turnips, romanesco and carrots growing.

So, I walk out to the SFGs this morning, and there are holes dug all over the place. Plants are totally uprooted, or crushed under paw prints and dissplaced soil. I am assuming that something is digging for bugs or worms, because there are six-inch holes dug around inside the box. None of the plants were eaten, just trashed.

Has anyone else had this problem? What did you do?


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Post  dixie on 4/20/2010, 12:36 pm

Do you have grids in place? even though mine are just twine, i haven't had any more problems with the cat using it as a litter box & the dogs don't walk on it any more since adding the grid. Just a thought.


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Post  AFLfan on 4/20/2010, 1:06 pm

Yes, I have my grids in place. Mine are flush with the soil. Maybe yours being higher off the top of the box helps? I don't know, but I am frustrated.

This is after I did some garden mending to fix that mess. We lost most of the carrots, some onions, beets and turnips.

I just took another look, and the animal only got into one box of the four. There is one corner of the box that nears a hill, and that corner is maybe 16" off the ground, while the rest of it, and ther others, are at 24". Maybe if I dig out that corner to 24" as well?


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Post  Retired Member 1 on 4/20/2010, 1:43 pm

Love the title to this post -- and also sympathise with your dilemma. First, find out what kind of animal it is. If you don't know tracks enough to determine, take a good photo and visit your County Ag. Extension office. Some animals will be deterred by high boxes, others will not. I found a product at Tractor Supply that is supposed to deter most small animals from digging in the boxes. Now that the rains have stopped I'm going to put it out and see if it will keep the cats away. I'll let you know of my success.

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Post  mckr3441 on 4/20/2010, 2:19 pm

Squirrels do it to mine every time I turn my back. I have a great cage for over my 4x4. Problem is I don't have the 4x4 built yet!

Going to make cages for my 2x4 and 2x6 and cover them until things get full enough. Then hopefully they will be discouraged. Quick cages can be made according to Mel's book.. You might try that.



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Post  JonRigby2005 on 4/20/2010, 6:47 pm

I have problems with squirrels, I just built a small fence around the whole garden to keep my dog out, and let him in the back yard as often as possible. The squirrels can easily get in my garden but the dog keeps 'em to scared to set foot in my yard. So, get a dog lol.

Or determine what it is, and build a cage that will keep it out. Good luck I feel your pain, the squirrel really go after my scallions and carrots, i don't even think they eat them, just destroy those specific beds. But Bocephus has been keeping it to a bare minimum.


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