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Groundhogs magically leaving plants alone.

 
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Hello,
So when I first started getting into gardening (in spring of 2020), i had planted some pumpkins. They got destroyed by the groundhogs that live in the area. I would wake up to leaves being eaten and the plants did not make it because of this destruction.
The year after, spring of 2021, I have squash, beets, kale, beans, tomatoes and other plants that are thriving. There is minimal groundhog damage. I used the permaculture principle of planting herbs like mint, lavendar, lemonbalm etc. alongside other susceptible vegetation. I also had a thicket of wildflowers surrounding my yard. I had also left some edible weeds (like Lamb's quarter) grow wild in a section. Could doing all this really have made such a significant difference? What could have contributed most to keeping these groundhogs form destroying my plants: planting herbs alongside, wildflower screens, wild edible weed like Lamb's quarter that the groundhogs enjoy (and hence leave other plants alone)?
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Most likely the groundhogs don't like the smell of the herbs like  mint, lavendar, lemonbalm etc.

Though, who knows?
 
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My previous garden had a year round groundhog & in spring times an entire groundhog family living about 20 yards away. The main thing they liked to dig up/destroy was potatoes & any meat or bones that were buried. I don't recall them bothering anything else, including pumpkins. I also had flowers & herbs randomly growing among the vegetables. So maybe that's it.
 
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