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Re: It's not just deer

Sounds like coons to me.  Jesse's right about having a dog or two running
them off, but that's a responsibility you may not want.  I told my mother
the same thing when she was having deer problems and got shot down.  So I
just started sending her daffodil bulbs which I know they won't eat because
they're poisonous.

On 5/27/08, Judy Browning <judylee@lewiston.com> wrote:
> My neighbor's cats think freshly potted plants are litterbox substitutes.
> Last year I put bamboo skewers, drinking straws and sticks in my large pots
> to discourage that. It helped, but I don't think they were as agressive as
> you describe.
> JudyB
> ----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 1:16 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] It's not just deer
>  You've all heard enough of my complaints about and struggles
>> against deer, so I'll not bore you more.  But I have a fenced area -
>> maybe 30 feet on a side - where I grow vegetables and a few choice
>> shrubs and perennials.  A few years ago we had a problem with a
>> woodchuck eating my beans, so sunk chicken wire a couple of feet
>> down all around the fence.  That seemed to correct the problem, but
>> this year someone - probably the woodchuck - made a hole near the
>> gate.  My peas were climbing the fence and looking just great - my
>> mouth was starting to water - until I went down the other day and found
>> that someone had eaten them all down.  They were neatly chopped off
>> at about 4 inches all the way around the fence except for about one foot
>> that they somehow missed.  @#$&*!
>> We have stopped up the hole and I have replanted, but it is much too
>> late for the peas.  They don't like hot weather, and these won't have time
>> to mature before it gets hot, even in this cool spring.  I just hope my
>> beans will be protected this year.
>> A few years ago Kitty scolded me for saying I felt like I was losing the
>> fight with nature, but that's the way I feel.  Someone else has been
>> digging up my pots in the container garden in the breezeway as fast
>> as I plant them.  Every morning the plants have been dug out of the
>> pots and thrown around.  I think it is a skunk, since there has been a
>> hint of that odor, but since we know we have raccoons, it could be them.
>> To say nothing of the chipmunks that swarm.  They dig in the pots, too,
>> but don't do that much damage.  Our cats don't go out, so don't help
>> with the problem, but we have seen several stray cats in the area this
>> spring.  I keep hoping they will develop a taste for chipmunks, but so
>> far no luck.  Oh well, I wouldn't want to live on a city street, so I'd
>> better
>> just quit complaining.
>> Auralie
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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