My rabbits prefer beans. I had to resort to trellising pole beans and fencing. I have raised beds so stapling fencing was easy. Still trying to find that scarecrow for a couple beds that weren't fenced but the dogs are glad I didn't hook it up. I felt bad laughing at her but there were a couple of times that I forgot and let them out in the morning before turning off the water and never realized how high my little dog could jump - poor thing!
Apparently, cages are not enough to stop the critter; it's not big because the cage was only moved enough for say a rabbit or a squirrel. It left carrots, beets, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, basil and cilantro intact and has only been eating bean and vine tops for the most part, leaves only. It mowed my curly endive and napa cabbage, but that could have been a different offender since the soy beans were left untouched. So, tomorrow, I'm fencing the place up, rudimentary, but fenced, no less; it's WAR. If that doesn't stop it, I'm seriously thinking about shooting it if I have to stay up all night. Arrrrrrrrrrgh! I only have 4 vines untouched between cukes and watermelon and I have a really bad feeling tonight. *sigh*
If you can afford to invest in one, I have used a "scarecrow" water deterrant. It has a motion sensor and squirts a blast of water at the critters. It really works but unfortunately my DH misplaced it last season :(
I have some critter that crawls under the bird netting I've placed over my veggies and seems to prefer vine and bean foliages with the occasional napa cabbage (1/2 of one in a night). I will be building cages with chicken wire for the shorter crop, but my vines will remain exposed on their trellis if they can ever make it there... grrrrrr... I have one cage and the darn bugger hasn't had a taste of what's under there so I suspect, raccoon or prairie dog. Not a deer most likely because I strung out strings which they would have broken or spooked them.
Any suggestion as to protect them without excluding insects for pollination? Links, pictures, anything. Thank you.
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