Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Today at 3:59 pm

» Plans for 2017 revisited
by Judy McConnell Today at 1:48 pm

» What won't you grow next year or are still trying to grow??
by countrynaturals Today at 1:13 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 1:08 pm

» New England June 2017
by CapeCoddess Today at 12:59 pm

» It's Kefir Time
by hammock gal Today at 12:15 pm

» N & C Midwest--It is JUNE!!!! Garden Time!
by herblover Today at 11:22 am

» Does the SFG concept work for perennials?
by Judy McConnell Today at 8:30 am

» Questions on vegetable plants that require vertical support
by AtlantaMarie Today at 8:10 am

» Baby Food
by sanderson Today at 4:56 am

» Mary Mary quite contrary, how does your garlic grow?
by sanderson Today at 4:39 am

» Pepper argument who's right
by sanderson Today at 4:04 am

» What to Grow through Very Hot Summers
by countrynaturals Today at 1:24 am

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:27 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in JUNE 2017
by Mimi2 Yesterday at 9:17 pm

» Terrace Garden in Ontario, Canada
by Fiz Yesterday at 7:49 pm

» who has chickens
by llama momma Yesterday at 6:59 pm

» Watering
by GloriaG Yesterday at 2:30 pm

» Today's Harvest
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:22 pm

» Question About Strawberries
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 7:37 am

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by countrynaturals 6/24/2017, 10:15 pm

» A First Time SFG in Canada
by Kelejan 6/24/2017, 9:34 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Fiz 6/24/2017, 9:04 pm

» Love My Dust Buster
by sanderson 6/24/2017, 3:51 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals 6/24/2017, 3:45 pm

» 2017 corn pictures
by sanderson 6/24/2017, 3:03 pm

» Kombucha
by CapeCoddess 6/24/2017, 2:36 pm

» has55's R & D Journey
by has55 6/24/2017, 1:40 pm

» Texas Dream garden 2017
by Kelejan 6/24/2017, 12:50 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by RC3291 6/24/2017, 12:06 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Chicken Wire Bed Covers

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Chicken Wire Bed Covers

Post  Shoda on 6/18/2010, 2:03 am

I made chicken wire covers for our strawberry bed that is still "in
ground". They seemed to work well for a while but now something small is
getting into the beds and stealing
our strawberries.

Since our strawberries are still in the ground, I can't rule out the
under the ground approach but
I am thinking that it might be mice getting through the poultry
netting. I looked around the strawberry plants and didn't notice any
tunnels.

Would a mouse or a vole enter from above and just fit through the
poultry netting? I need to make some more covers and want to make sure
that they work better then the ones I already made.
avatar
Shoda

Female Posts : 439
Join date : 2010-03-19

View user profile http://www.buzztools.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Chicken Wire Bed Covers

Post  chocolatepop on 6/18/2010, 9:12 am

I'd have to check, but I had pet rats and even those chunkers could flatten out and squeeze ANYWHERE!
avatar
chocolatepop

Female Posts : 768
Join date : 2010-03-11
Age : 37
Location : Flint Area, Michigan (zone 5a-5b)

View user profile http://chocolatepopsurbangarden.wordpress.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Chicken Wire Bed Covers

Post  Shoda on 6/18/2010, 11:44 am

Rats... (or do I mean, Drats). I hadn't thought about rats! I was thinking it had to be something smaller.

I know there are rats in our back yard as I have seen signs of them from time to time... one running along a fence, and droppings in the wood pile. However, it never occurred to me that they could get through the chicken wire. I guess if they can make it, mice and voles certainly can. My 11 year old daughter happens to have three pet rats. I guess I could test them to see if they could get through a "chicken wire" hole but I believe you are right.

I looked on the web and they say as long as a rat or mouse can get their skull through, they can get their entire body to squeeze through. I wonder if my daughters rats would hold still while I measured their heads.

I guess I need to build different frames to keep them out. Drats (or do I mean Rats!)

Has anyone else had problems with Rats, Mice or Voles getting through the chicken wire and taking crops?
avatar
Shoda

Female Posts : 439
Join date : 2010-03-19

View user profile http://www.buzztools.com

Back to top Go down

Meadow Mice (Voles?)

Post  Shoda on 6/18/2010, 9:17 pm

From another post, it looks like voles (or meadow mice) might be the cause of my berry troubles. They would definitely be small enough to get through chicken wire covers.

Do voles climb into boxes or are they mostly "in ground" pests? Also, just noticed today that something ate some of our green tomatoes. No wonder none have ripened!
avatar
Shoda

Female Posts : 439
Join date : 2010-03-19

View user profile http://www.buzztools.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Chicken Wire Bed Covers

Post  Chopper on 6/19/2010, 12:25 am

I think we all need motion sensor cameras in our backyards. Maybe a nanny cam to keep track of what is happening - the secret life of gardens.

Chopper

Female Posts : 2467
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 62
Location : Warner Springs, CA USDA Zone 8a, Sunset Zone 7 (I think)

View user profile http://thezimmermannfamilytoo.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Chicken Wire Bed Covers

Post  Shoda on 6/19/2010, 1:23 am

They have a bird cam at the local nursery. It takes a snap shot every so often. I need something with a little more teeth in it -- like a mean out door cat or mountain lion!

I measured a hole a few inches away from my berry patch and it is about 1 1/2" across. Sounds like mice (or voles as I guess they are called in some parts of the country). Now I need to do a research project on the life a a vole and figure out how to lock down the veggies even more then I already have.
avatar
Shoda

Female Posts : 439
Join date : 2010-03-19

View user profile http://www.buzztools.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Chicken Wire Bed Covers

Post  silverbug on 6/19/2010, 8:08 am

Gosh, I think that any small critter could get in there. I mean, there's really only so much we can do, right? My peas were a good example. The squirrels were snapping off my shoots, and right at the base after 2 or 3 feet of vine would come out. I fenced the gardens and it stopped and my peas are doing amazingly well. Anyway, all of a sudden two days ago, one of my 5 foot vines was snapped off again, and there was a dug hole in one of the squares. Who did it? How? I dunno. Maybe they can and do climb up and down the trellis now? They certainly couldn't support themselves on the flexible, thin, plastic netting/fencing I have up, and just pulled taught around some stakes. They'd fall into the garden and mash everything up. It's mysterious. Nature just finds it's way to get what it wants.

silverbug

Female Posts : 185
Join date : 2010-04-17
Age : 47
Location : Wauwatosa, WI (zone 5a)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Chicken Wire Bed Covers

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum