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QUESTION: Keeping Groundhogs Out of Raised Beds

comments (5) November 17th, 2009

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This year I built three new raised beds per the posting /plans from the site. I put a fence around all beds with two lattice gates. The summer was fine: All the tomato, beans, peppers, cucumbers, and squash went untouched. This fall I put in a crop of cabbages and finally a groundhog dug under the gate and wiped them out.  As the beds are 16.5 inches high. How much higher would they have to be to keep a groundhog from climbing over? I need to plan my defenses.


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Andylee2 writes: Thanks for another one of your great ideas.
Posted: 12:51 pm on August 1st
mgn writes: I have a groundhog living under my shed. He got under my fence and had a feast. After that I started spraying liquid fence around the perimeter of my garden (7 foot deer fence). When I brush my cats, I take the hair and place it around the fence. Recently I started taking cat litter clumps and throwing them in the hole he taunts me from. Planning to shave your beard?
Posted: 5:29 pm on August 1st
ColleenF writes: Ok, so what do I do with the destructive armadillos we have here in southwest Louisiana? They get into my asparagus bed, roses....you name it! I have threatened to sit up at night, all night if needed, just so I can shoot the critter!!
Posted: 1:58 pm on July 27th
nancynursez637 writes: Also next time you make beds in the bottom of them you can put 1/4th inch square hardware cloth before you ever add the soil back. You might try a sturdy hardware cloth fence around the inside of your cabbage bed which would be cheaper than building the boards up.

Nancy
Posted: 8:25 pm on February 17th
Ruth writes: Perhaps you should build a better barrier, as suggested here: http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7193/raised-bed-pest-cover. If the critters are digging underneath, try extending your fencing 6 to 8 inches or more into the ground.
Posted: 1:44 pm on November 30th
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