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Organic Gardening Tips and Creatures Eating My Kale    
Tuesday, May 27 2008 @ 05:03 PM GMT+4
Contributed by: JoanneN

Home & GardenSo last year I planted Kale and Bush Beans and both came up beautifully and than suddenly were munched down to nothing by some creature. I have been given several tips including planting marigolds next to them and sprinkling cayenne on the plants themselves.

Any other organic gardening tips to keep creatures from eating up my goodies this year would be mucho helpful!

Thanks!

Also I would love for us to share organic gardening tips of any kind.

 

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    Organic Gardening Tips and Creatures Eating My Kale
    Authored by: Jeezum Crow on Tuesday, May 27 2008 @ 07:28 PM GMT+4
    Sounds like a woodchuck to me. I trap them when they show up at my place. A sturdy fence might be another option.
    Organic Gardening Tips and Creatures Eating My Kale
    Authored by: tiny on Tuesday, May 27 2008 @ 11:08 PM GMT+4
    or a wascally wabbitt.......
    Organic Gardening Tips and Creatures Eating My Kale
    Authored by: JoanneN on Tuesday, May 27 2008 @ 11:57 PM GMT+4
    I know we have a possum John almost petted him thinking he was a cat once. He came right onto our deck. Otherwise I beleive we have some bunnies. I was told the marigolds and cayenne would deter both because they do not like the smell of the marigolds and the cayenne of course would give them a bad hot snuff up their nose. Poor things.

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    People who fight fire with fire usually end up
    with ashes.
    ~Abigail Van Buren

    To love a person is to learn the song that is in
    their heart and to
    si
    Save the Kales!!!!
    Authored by: Floyd on Wednesday, May 28 2008 @ 12:55 AM GMT+4


    We just lost our kale and lettuce probably to a resident woodchuck as we hadn't finished putting up our fence.

    We read up a little and decided to bury the fence one foot down and out. The idea is that a digger would give up if they keep hitting wire.

    That made for a pretty sore day today!

    We'll see how it goes. Haven't seen any rabbits yet, but our 5 foot fence is now only a little over 3 feet so it may not be too much of a deterrent to them.


    Save the Kales!!!!
    Authored by: cgrotke on Wednesday, May 28 2008 @ 01:07 AM GMT+4
    If you need your fence viewed I might be able to convene the Fence
    Viewers. : )

    You can also try planting something for the critters on the outside of your
    fence, so they won't be so tempted to try to get inside.
    Organic Gardening Tips and Creatures Eating My Kale
    Authored by: ed on Wednesday, May 28 2008 @ 01:29 AM GMT+4
    same thing happened to me last year.

    all the brassicas, but especially the kale; peas; beans.

    I think it was voles, because we were certainly overrun with them. I didn't find
    any woodchuck holes. the damage was done a little at a time. I don't think
    woodchucks are that restrained.
    Moles and Voles
    Authored by: Floyd on Wednesday, May 28 2008 @ 02:14 AM GMT+4

    Yes, voles are very prolific. They put rabbits to shame as 2 week old voles can breed.

    We seem to have some moles and perhaps voles too. The difference apparently is that moles dig deeper holes and deposit volcano like mounds on the surface of your lawn in addition to the surface feeding tracks that both moles and voles use.
    Organic Gardening Tips and Creatures Eating My Kale
    Authored by: JoanneN on Wednesday, May 28 2008 @ 02:14 AM GMT+4
    So maybe I should just let my cat loose on some voles. What are voles? Are they like moles?

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    People who fight fire with fire usually end up
    with ashes.
    ~Abigail Van Buren

    To love a person is to learn the song that is in
    their heart and to
    si
    voles
    Authored by: butter on Thursday, May 29 2008 @ 11:32 AM GMT+4
    Voles are like a cross between moles and mice -- small chewing burrowing rodents. They're bigger than mice and IMO not so cute, with their stubby tails and lumpy bodies.

    No advice to add beyond the various spicy sprays and companion planting, sorry!
    voles
    Authored by: JoanneN on Thursday, May 29 2008 @ 12:59 PM GMT+4
    so cats than will catch and leave on my back steps. We have a run for my cats so they can come out and play while I garden but than I suppose the rodents are not out and about for them to catch.

    The neighbors cats are always out here though you would think they would catch any pesky critters of that sort.

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    People who fight fire with fire usually end up
    with ashes.
    ~Abigail Van Buren

    To love a person is to learn the song that is in
    their heart and to
    si
    Organic Gardening Tips and Creatures Eating My Kale
    Authored by: trao on Wednesday, May 28 2008 @ 12:24 PM GMT+4
    I spread the hair our dogs shed around my garden, helps keep voles, moles and squirrels out. I also use crushed up eggshells. They are sharp and help keep the critters away too. Also try planting pumpkins around the outside of the garden helps keep the critters out beacuse the leaves are kind of prickly. I plant marigolds around the the whole garden as well, bees and butterflies love them but they help repel other insects.

    If you have trouble with insects or slugs try this spray-
    1 tablespoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, cayennepowder, pour two cups boiling water into a bowl with the spices and let steep until it cools off. then strain and add 1 tablespoon dish soap. (if you don't stain, it will clog up your sprayer) Spray on any veggies in the garden. I used this last year and had no pest isses.
    Organic Gardening Tips and Creatures Eating My Kale
    Authored by: cgrotke on Wednesday, May 28 2008 @ 02:27 PM GMT+4
    My grandfather used to bury a small dish up to its edges, then put beer
    in it to attract slugs. They'd crawl in and that would be it.

    There is also the Findhorn method of dealing with critters - talk to them,
    explain the situation, and set aside some of the garden for them.
    Organic Gardening Tips and Creatures Eating My Kale
    Authored by: JoanneN on Wednesday, May 28 2008 @ 03:55 PM GMT+4
    I can definitely do crushed eggshells! Would cat hair work as well?

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    People who fight fire with fire usually end up
    with ashes.
    ~Abigail Van Buren

    To love a person is to learn the song that is in
    their heart and to
    si
    Organic Gardening Tips and Creatures Eating My Kale
    Authored by: vtstream on Monday, June 02 2008 @ 03:06 PM GMT+4
    I thought I was soooo smart. I'd avoid the laborious task of removing all that lawn sod to expand the veggie garden this year by covering the grass with composted horse manure and then with discarded corrugated cardboard and then a layer of pine needle mulch (to keep the cardboard damp and in place.) Then I cut holes in the cardboard and planted my lovingly raised from seed broccoli plants.
    Next day all were chewed...no, ravaged by SLUGS!
    The slugs LOVED the cool damp undercardboard hideout till cover of darkness allowed them to slither out.
    I also planted a row the old way. Removed the sod, rototilled in rotted horse manure and lime, and planted the plants "sans" mulch. No slug damage.

    The story ends better than it started though. The beer in the shallow pan trick seems to have successfully liquored up the nasty things and formerly ravaged brassicas are recooperating nicely.
    Organic Gardening Tips and Creatures Eating My Kale
    Authored by: cgrotke on Monday, June 02 2008 @ 03:58 PM GMT+4
    Let's lift our glasses to drunken slugs! : )