Michael Vormwald wrote:I'd think moles and/or voles were more likely. Maybe invest in one of those solar powered gizmos that send a periodic vibration critters don't like?
Cats are such amazing predators that they reduce other predator numbers by either killing them or denying them food. By removing other predators there is very little left to eat insects, slugs and other tiny pests.
Please correct whatever is wrong with this summary.
FWIW, I am all for snakes and lizards, but I haven't seen a snake or lizard in my town since I was about 10. I'm sure they're around, but they aren't easy to find.
....big problem last year with woodchucks and/or rabbits in my vegetable garden. 'They' decimated the squash, peppers and broccoli and something was even eating the leaves of the potato plants (something I'd never seen before!) I invested in a Havahart electric fence (a single strand of wire 6" off the ground) and the damage completely stopped.
I realize this isn't an answer for many, but it gives me encouragement for my large country vegetable garden (without resorting to shooting all the wildlife)
paul wheaton wrote:I remember when Sepp Holzer talked about having a pest problem eating his foods in his root cellars. He would put his stinkiest compostables near the door. Not only does it ring the dinner bell for the animals that are the problem - but it also rings the dinner bell for their predators.
"You don't have an excess of slugs. You have a deficiency of ducks."
I think hugelkultur could be a habitat for all sorts of critters. Although every time i get to a site where a problem is reported, either we could not find the problem, or the problem turned out to be possibly something else. So, I would never try to bury any sort of wire into hugelkultur.