Latest topics» Trellis
by KiwiSFGnewbie Today at 8:10 pm
» alfalfa meal
by OhioGardener Today at 3:11 pm
by OhioGardener Today at 8:34 am
» Kiwi's SFG Adventure
by KiwiSFGnewbie Today at 12:18 am
» LARGE tyre for potatoes?
by KiwiSFGnewbie Today at 12:14 am
» Plant Probiotic (EM-1) that got rid of whitefly
by Soose Yesterday at 6:34 pm
» The compost bin
by KiwiSFGnewbie 12/3/2022, 4:27 pm
» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson 12/3/2022, 2:15 am
» COMPOST 101
by OhioGardener 12/2/2022, 10:05 am
» Hi from Nelson, New Zealand.
by Soose 12/1/2022, 12:33 pm
» Would you buy this hay to compost?
by Soose 12/1/2022, 12:30 pm
» Starbucks for coffee grounds!
by OhioGardener 12/1/2022, 9:05 am
» TWENTY-FIVE slugs in one night!!!
by OhioGardener 11/30/2022, 5:28 pm
» Non "fluffy" peat...
by KiwiSFGnewbie 11/30/2022, 4:37 pm
» ‘White dust’ underside Chard/Silverbeet leaves
by Eos 11/29/2022, 9:33 pm
» N&C Midwest: November & December 2022
by Scorpio Rising 11/29/2022, 12:18 pm
» Chick N Poo Compost
by cyclonegardener 11/28/2022, 9:47 pm
» What Have You Picked From Your Garden Today
by OhioGardener 11/28/2022, 5:53 pm
» maintaining Mel's Mix
by sanderson 11/27/2022, 2:30 am
» Food waste being turned into compost for Ohio greenhouse
by OhioGardener 11/25/2022, 9:34 am
» Happy Thanksgiving
by OhioGardener 11/24/2022, 8:27 am
» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson 11/23/2022, 6:40 pm
» Pressure treated wood - covered with plastic?
by dstack 11/22/2022, 1:32 pm
» Hello from NSW, Australia
by Scorpio Rising 11/22/2022, 7:22 am
» Happy Thanksgiving 2022
by Scorpio Rising 11/21/2022, 10:11 pm
» How to Harvest Winter Squash
by OhioGardener 11/21/2022, 9:18 am
» Ohio Gardener's Greenhouse
by sanderson 11/20/2022, 10:37 pm
» Mark's first SFG
by markqz 11/20/2022, 6:00 pm
» Question about pets using the raised bed
by dstack 11/19/2022, 2:36 pm
» Thanksgiving Dishes from the Garden
by OhioGardener 11/19/2022, 2:30 pm
This morning I went out to my SFG beds to harvest some long-awaited beets. I have been having problems with my beds. My beds are arraigned on a slight incline, with one end of the bed slightly buried int the high side of the soil, to keep the beds level. The moles broke through a weathered 2" thick redwood sidewall on my raised bed, avoiding the hardware cloth lining intended to keep gophers, voles, and moles out. The moles harvested the worms in the beds and mined the entire bed, leaving a tilled bed and peppere plants that fell over from being loosened. Now the gophers are following up and despite my trapping are now feasting on the beets and carrots. I was ready to put in the tomatoes, chard, and broccoli, but I might have to either pull the beds and wire the sides up, or put everything in baskets until I can figure out a solution.
- Posts : 526
Join date : 2012-01-19
Age : 71
Location : Carmel Valley, Ca.
Such devastation! I hate to see that! My raised beds are metal, so the critters can't get through the sides. When I put the first bed in a number of years ago the gophers burrowed up into the beds and did unbelievable damage. I had to remove all the soil, move the bed, and put down 1/2" hardware cloth, and then re-install the bed and fill it. Since then, all of my beds are on the 1/2" hardware cloth. But, the night before last some critter dug down through the wood chips surrounding the beds to try to get into the bed. Fortunately, it hit the hardware cloth and couldn't go any further. The entire length of the bed the wood chips were pulled away from the side of the bed down to the wire.
Never plant without a bucket of compost at your side.
bobnoe likes this post
Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum