Gardeners (MG) have the same problem here in Alabama. Because our MG
Demostration Vegetable Garden resides in the botanical garden, using a
shotgun wouldn't go over too good with the social crowd. Groundhogs do a
lot of damage. After we catch a groundhog in a "live"
trap, s/he is entered into our relocation program (transported to the
wilderness). You can view our MG website at... http://www.mginfo.org
On another note,
does anyone know of a way to keep ducks out of flowerbeds? Our downtown
park has a beautiful spring and a large lagoon that attracts alot of
ducks. One in particular is called a Muscogee (black, white and
ugly). Its doesn't help that 1/2 of Huntsville bring hundreds of
loaves of bread to feed the ducks but thats the nature of the park. Right
now, we have a nest with about 5 eggs installed in one particular
flowerbed next to the park. Next year, we plan to plant a lot
more flowerbeds to help beautify the downtown area and it would
be nice to lay down a natural barrier to deter the ducks. Now looking at
it from a duck's point of view, that flowerbed sure looks pretty good as
compared to manicured turf, park benches and picnic tables.
Now, if I
could only figure out how to deter teenagers from writing graffiti on
sidewalks and downtown structures.....hmmmm.
Thanks in advance
for your help.
Jim Call, City of
Huntsville Project Supervisor - Landscape Mgt. Division -
CASA Community Garden Volunteer Dir.
In out fourth year of operation, this is the
first year we have had a problem. I would truly appreciate any and all
Jude Carson in Saint John, New Brunswick,