A photo of Shannon SaiaI wrote in my last post that I was currently harvesting broccoli, radishes, kale and salad greens. Within twenty-four hours I had received Nature’s red-line of my work, so I now feel compelled to post my revision:

Now serving a smorgasbord of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, kale, and the odd beet green to at least one – and possibly multiple – hungry groundhogs.

Witness the evidence:

cabbage groundhog damage 

cauliflower damaged by groundhog 

kohlrabi eaten by groundhogs 

Kris Johnson
7/21/2011 4:08:41 PM

I too have ground hogs - I know because I saw one one evening go by one evening just before dark. Then there is the evidence of the stones dug out from under my little storage barn where he has set up housekeeping. And now I have found three piles of black raspberry seed-filled turds, so he (they?) has been helping himself to my volunteer black raspberries. Perhaps he's the one nibbling at some of my cabbage family plants. One organic gardener I know said he was constantly battling ground hogs, but they always won! Fortunately I have lots of wild flowers and wild area that may be more inviting that my vegetable garden.

Cindy Murphy
5/18/2011 8:29:26 AM

Hi, Shannon. I feel your pain. At the nursery, I’m in charge of ordering all the perennials – 1,000s of them, in various stages of development. The younger ones are kept in hoop-houses until they grow enough to be retail-ready. The one year and up plants are moved outside to a wind-break area, and brought up to our retail perennial department in batches as we need them. I feel responsible for them; they’re all my babies. Monday, I was checking on the plants in the windbreak. With our cool spring, many of them have been a bit slow to leaf-out, and I was waiting for them to get big and lush and irresistible to customers. The time was now….then I noticed a big batch of pots knocked over. No, no, no! Closer inspection revealed a number of them to be gnawed to the nub. Surely the work of a hungry groundhog! My boss set a live trap. I cordoned off the area with reflective tape, wondering if it works on groundhogs, (it keeps the deer away from the shrubs and hostas – another problem at the nursery). Then I sprayed the entire area with groundhog repellent. The active ingredient is putrid eggs whites. Inert ingredients are rosemary and mint oils, supposedly to make the spraying experience more pleasant. It was windy…and the nursery was busy. I was called back to retail for my main job, waiting on customers....while smelling like rosemary, mint, with a hint of putrid eggs. I hope the scent didn’t repel customers like it’s supposed to repel groundhogs.

Nebraska Dave
5/17/2011 9:05:14 PM

Shannon, funny you should mention Mulberries. I mowed the grass today and while mowing the back fence line where the berries grow, I stopped to have a look at how they were progressing this year. Usually they are ripe by Memorial day which is less that two weeks away. Much to my surprise there was not a single berry on the trees. I'm not sure what happened. My first thought would be the crazy spring weather must have nipped the berries in the bud so to speak. Here I am all set to compromise with them and they hold out on me. What's up with that? Oh, well, not for me to reason why. I guess. The rabbits have never bothered my tomato plants per se but just tried to build a nest there. I haven't had a bit of nesting in the straw this year. Have a great day in the garden.

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