I'm ready to throw in a towel on getting any harvest this year. Between the deer, groundhog, birds and squirrels it was hard enough trying to get anything to grow and protect it, but now we have a family of 3 raccoons moved in last fall and this week they've been very actively visiting my gardens - both new and old side. And completely disregarding water sprinklers - just walking past it like nothing happened. We also have automatic light that comes on motion detector on the patio - no result. They come to the patio and help themselves to my greens. Then easily climb the fence to the main garden to help some more to my salads and dig out my potatoes and bulb. I'm getting very frustrated with this and yet I can't bring myself to call a trapper because I know he'll kill them and that's against my way of life - my second major occupation is to rescue animals - not kill them! Someone recommended covering entire top of the garden with chicken wire but that will make it very hard for my husband to get in and do anything inside - he's taller than the fence, and while I'm a shrimp and it won't bother me but he'd have to bend each time to get in. Not a fun idea from his perspective. So if anyone know of a sure-way to repel animals I'm all ears.
Posted by Jenny Rottinger