Critters and gardening

One of the fun things about living in the country is that you have to protect your animals AND your garden from critters. It seems that every animal that won’t go for the chickens will go for the vegetables. We need to build a fence around the garden to keep out the deer, rabbits, moles, squirrels, birds, and who knows what else. Those are just the ones I know of for sure. Some of the animals that will be interested in the chickens would also be interested in the garden, too.

Our neighbor, Jeff, has an electrified fence around his garden. He probably has it down in the ground, too. I was just reading that to keep out moles, you need to put fencing down 24″ (about 61 cm). We have lots of moles. I don’t think they are over by where the garden will be, but I am sure it won’t take them long to find some newly plowed, healthy soil full of bugs and worms.

This is just a reminder to myself that I also need to join the nearest community supported agriculture (CSA) farm, just in case we don’t get a lot of our own veggies this year. We have a lot to learn, especially about keeping out critters. I don’t mind sharing with the wildlife, but I also want some for us.

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3 Responses to “Critters and gardening”

  1. thegardensmallholder Says:

    We have deer, pheasants and field mice amongst other things that share our garden with us, probably because our garden shares a boundary with a wooded area. So far, touch wood, nothing has eaten our recent vegetable sowing or young fruit trees.

    Luckily, we dont have moles here. We used to have them in our garden before we moved here. Hedgehogs are just the cutest visitor to our garden at dusk, plus they eat slugs and snails YAY!

  2. Ang. Says:

    We have a ton of moles! I have been told that if you get rid of the grubs from your yard you will get rid of the moles. Sounds like an impossible task to me. We just live with the moles and let the dogs dig for them. They did run through my raised strawberry bed this winter so I am anxious to see how badly they disturbed them.

    A dog goes a long way in keeping critters from the garden. We rarely have critter problems except the moles. And the chickens…if you are going to let them free range a fence around any plants or flowers is a MUST! We lost nearly our whole tomato crop our first year from the chickens.

  3. Garden Experiments « A Hippy Girl in the Country Says:

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