Chapel Hill Treehouse

A decidedly mixed bag of musings by andrew reynolds, professor of political science at UNC Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Vegetable Garden Armageddon

The insurgency began slowly. A dislodged corn leaf, a nibbled pumpkin seed, a loose sunflower sprout discarded.

I strung around rope and hope to deter the deer from leaping but they sent in their quisling minions under the cover of darkness. Perhaps they are rabbits in disguise as hares? The black and tans of the rabid raccoons or is it the Ghengis Squirels who torment the Cardinals at the bird feeder? Who knows? But what I do know is that the conflict has moved to high intensity and the insurgents are winning.

Pumpkin seeds have been ripped from where they nestle, sunflower sprouts do not last the night and then yesterday the final coup de grace -- the rebels devastated the month old corn rows. The crime scene photo above is the only one I could show - the others were just too upsetting for young eyes.

So what is to be done? The evil attack furries just seem to go for the pumpkin,sunflowers and corn. Any advice on my defensive strategy now? I am at a loss.


At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a thought, it could be voles...they wreak havoc in gardens in the area.

At 10:49 AM, Blogger AR said...

Possible...although while I know what a Pole looks like I'm less sure on a Vole...its like a Prussian Mole..right?

So far the use of coffee grounds around the outskirts of the garden has correlated with no more devastation. I'm going to replant the corn and see what happens.

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