Back in November, I had my fall garden planted and growing.
Spinach, beets, onions, lettuce, chard and broccoli.
The broccoli was covered with floating row cover, but eventually it got so big that I removed the row cover. Then something started eating the broccoli leaves…
I thought it was a rabbit eating my garden veggies. In a desperate attempt to keep it out, even temporarily I hastily constructed fences out of old orange fencing in the hopes of keeping it out!
But the critter was still eating my plants!
We even set a trap hoping to catch it humanely.
The trap wan’t working! The critter could get the apple or veggies out of the cage without getting trapped! Frustrating, costly and discouraging.
After looking, thinking, and talking to my neighbor, Bryan we came to the conclusion that it was not a rabbit but a woodrat! What else could climb those fences and planter boxes? What else could eat a tomato 3 feet off the ground? At first I thought it was a bird that had pecked at the tomatoes.
My husband, Ken finally got involved and tried to help. He set big rat traps. But nothing was working! You can see here, there’s broccoli on the plant but the leaves are completely eaten!
All the startup plants had been eaten! So discouraging that I could not go out to the garden for 3 weeks!
Finally I got up the nerve to go out. I thought I’d at least pull out the weeds, and clean up the mess from the frost that had ruined what the rat hadn’t eaten.
So as I’m cleaning up the mess, I happen on to one of the traps. It had been tripped, but not by the rat!
One less bird in our garden!! Oh, so sad. And no rat!
But then I got to wondering… There was another trap.
Bingo! The rat!!! OH!
Thank you Ken! He even came and cleaned up the remains.
So the garden is looking pretty empty now, but a few plants are still trying to grow…