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Nicole, we have a pesky ground hog too. He ate all the tops off our beets and devoured the spinach we had in the ground. I am sorry you are having this problem too. Some of the ideas here are great.

Check out my Hydroponic blog for an idea about gardening with out all the soil. We do have to fence it in from the deer though!

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Nicole..I'm very sorry about your garden....that is heartbreaking! How about a nice, big dog!

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I was just looking up what eats slugs and saw ducks and geese recommended for that, too.

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Back in my grand dads' day I know they had a certain breed of duck that ate the weeds in their vegetable patch and they never touched the veggies or the plants. Wish I could remember the breed, but I can't, I know they still exist.This would be a good project for those of you whom like to do research.

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Wow! I wish we could train something to eat our weeds emoticon

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We do have a groundhog, and he has been a problem in previous years. This year, for some reason he seems to prefer eating the lawn (and the weeds in it) and my husband is quite happy about that.


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luckly, I don't have groundhogs! But, I do have magpies, who not only eat my dog's food, but decided to see if they liked my cherry tomatoes...they didn't, I know this because I found them in various parts of my yard! And my dog seems to think that my garden is a buffet for him to munch on, as he pleases!

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We have moles as well and I will check into the rpellers.

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Ooh, interesting idea, SHUTRBUG!



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7/6/11 12:31 A

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Sorry about your missing crop! We don't have a problem with groundhogs here, but we've had moles digging up our grass. We found some solar powered mole repellars at Harbor Freight for just a couple of dollars each, and they seem to be working. They look like the solar garden lights, but they make a humming, vibration every few minutes - not loud, but evidenty enugh to repel the pests. We've had them for two years and they are still working. Good luck!

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Sorry about your garden Nicole. Great ideas posted. So far we've been ok but with no rain in sight and the dry conditions we have I'm expecting the local wildlife to come feeding soon.

We do have a compassionate trap and caught a raccoon once...we were trying to catch and spay/neuter feral cats. That raccoon was furious and started self-mutilating with the bowl we'd used for food in the trap. If looks could kill, DH and I would have been dead. We called the wildlife rescue organization in our area. They knocked him out (humanely), treated his self-inflicted wounds and re-locate him to the woods.

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wow, the bunnies and squirrels in my yard don't seem quite so bad now! good luck

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I guess I 've been lucky on the pole beans, but I still think plant placement plays a big role in discouraging animal pests. Here in NJ, trapping wild animals is ag. law...they freak out if the animal control officer is not called...they will place approved traps, but I haven't found them very successful..a friend has been able to catch a few w/ a butterfly net of all things & cart them off our local state park, but that doesn't solve the prob..., there is a new batch every year. emoticon

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Pole beans are not a solution if they munch from the bottom. I've had a whole crop desimated even after they reached 3' up the trellis.

I've heard ground hogs are aweful in the garden and just munch everything down...sorry for you Nichole. Get rid of them. If they are reproducing under your neighbors porch you may have to get them involved too.

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I have had a prob.w/ Groundhogs constanly burrowing into garde & devastating all most all veg in squash family + carrots . Two things worked for me...Mothballs placed in every new spot along the wooden fence they manage to dig thru ...planting things they don't like around perimeters of my veg. garden (They seem to avoid swiss chard the tomatoes, beets, spinach, onions, chives...I also plant marigolds which has an offensive smell to them between crops like lettuce. Pole beans , because of height are not destroyed.
What I still need a solution for is birds. Theyt constantly devour any berries as they ripen...netting hasn't worked, though I might try old fashioned mosquito netting next. emoticon

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I had a problem with something eating my veggies too and I bought a scarecrow sprinkler designed to scare off animals. It works, but as someone else said it directs a spray at anything that moves within it's eye.

I thought squirrels were cute until I realized they devour all my expensive bird seed. I thought bunnies were cute until they destroyed several hundred dollars worth of plants and small trees over the winter. You're not going to think those groundhogs are so cute if you can't get rid of them! emoticon






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Here is one other idea that will get rid of the problem permanently: buy a life trap (around $50.00 in hardware stores) and catch them all and relocate them to a more rural area. I'm not sure what their favorite food is to use as bait.
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I liked that bottle idea too and may try it to scare other critters away in my yard!

I'm thinking you might have to call someone to live-trap and relocate the ground hogs if they get so comfortable they're dining in your front yard in the middle of the day! That sounds pretty bold for a ground hog! emoticon

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Thanks, everyone. These are some great suggestions that don't seem too difficult (or expensive) to implement. LOVE the bottle idea. Will have to try that. I also read that things like wind chimes can scare them away, so maybe I'll try that out, too.

The difficulty with the front yard garden is that I want to keep it looking as presentable as possible, so I'm hoping to avoid a lot of netting and fencing if I can, but we'll see.

Thanks again! I won't let these critters get the best of my garden!

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We have lots of groundhogs in our areas, but we're lucky that they don't come around the residental areas too much. We have a stretch along one road where they are constantly feeding especially after a rain - it's almost like they keep the grass mowed. I thought they were mostly around water, but was told that they don't drink too much and they can be anywhere. Of course I live 15 minutes away from the famous "Punxsutawney Phil" in PA so we tend to ignore them.

I've heard of the pepper spray and if you put some fencing around and then on the ground it deters them from getting too close. They and othe animals don't like the texture of the fence.

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Oh, that's tragic! I'm so sorry! Three suggestions you might try:

(1) Y'know how a glass bottle makes a low tone when you blow over the mouth of it? Someone else here at SparkPeople recommended this to me: bury a couple of bottles in your garden so that the top is exposed. the breeze will make the bottle resonate and apparently burrowing animals get spooked by the sound underground.

(2) Hot pepper spray - essentially make tea by steeping hot chilis in hot water. When it cools, put it through the blender and then strain it so it'll go through a spray bottle and spray it on the foliage of the plants you want to protect. You have to respray after every rain, unfortunately, and if you then handle the plants and, say, wipe sweat out of your eyes, well, you know where this is going...

(3) The guy who does You Bet Your Garden at WHYY recommends getting a motion activated sprinkler. The problem with that for you is that your garden is in the front yard, and you don't want to punish your neighbors/ mail carrier for walking by. And it's clearly not the cheapest option, though I admit I would enjoy the idea of the groundhogs getting a cold splat in the face after they'd decimated my garden.

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There are a few groundhogs that live around our house. I have seen them regularly over the years but never have they dared to eat my garden! They're pretty cute to watch and spook easily. You'll hardly ever see them. Thanks for the link. I'll check out the ideas.

Oh, just for fun. Here's a video I took 3 years ago of one of the groundhogs that somehow got stuck in my backyard and couldn't figure out how to get out. This guy actually lives under my neighbor's porch. We only see him occasionally.

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Groundhogs are very powerful and defensive animals. I had one withing seconds dig a burrow right next to the foundation of my house, and he dug up my climbing rosebush in the process. This is a job for professiional wildlife movers because they can also be very mean!


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Oh dear what a disappointment, all your hard work and food gone!

We don't have those here, I just had to google to see what they look like and must admit they do look like hungry little pests. Posting the link thegardenersrake.com/how-to-keep-gro
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I would go for a fence and rigging something that makes a noise to scare them off, they seem to be persistent once they get a taste for your garden.

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I've never had any issue with other animals eating my garden, and now suddenly I do! A neighbor told me that they saw two groundhogs in my front yard veggie garden eating away the other day. Then this weekend, after I weeded my front yard garden and it was looking spectacular, I came back outside a few hours later and something had eaten every kale and green bean plant down to stubs. All I have left is four swiss chard plants and my herbs. :-(

Assuming it's something like groundhogs, any ideas? Would a simple netting attached to some stakes around the perimeter work or will they just dig under that? So frustrated.

Thanks for any ideas!

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