Container Garden Update — November 8, 2015

by A.J. Coltrane

Squirrels have been digging in any “unclaimed” dirt in the containers. I thought I could stop the digging by laying bird netting over the dirt. That seemed to work for a while, until a really determined squirrel pulled on the netting. The netting dragged across the seedlings, uprooting a few and damaging a few more. So:

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It’s what I should have done in the first place — I added galvanized hoops that we had left over from last year’s Row Cover Experiment. The pictured seedlings are tiny – they were all planted way too late for a winter harvest.

The boxes pictured below were planted early/mid September, which is still too late for a winter harvest (L-R – Dragon radish, mache, carrots, mache again with bunch onions scattered through all the boxes):back yard2 151108


Next year we need to start seeds in mid-August at the latest, even if it means transplanting things that aren’t traditionally transplanted. we’ll also use bird netting and hoops over everything — I’d guess the squirrels destroyed up to 20% of the seedlings, and that’s just not cool.


Visit Dave at Ourhappyacres, host of Harvest Monday.

5 thoughts on “Container Garden Update — November 8, 2015

  1. Every year I seem to learn a few more lessons when it comes to both pests and timing. I’m the worst when it comes to timing veg for fall harvest. I know you are supposed to add a couple of weeks to the days to maturity, but in my garden, some things seem to take much longer than that.


  2. Squirrels (aka tree rats) in the garden are always bad news for me. Timing is always tough for me too, especially in the fall and winter. I got my cold frame veggies started too late, and I am crossing my fingers the weather doesn’t get too cold too fast.


  3. Could be worse. My penpal in Alaska was complaining because her sizable garden was pretty much all eaten up by a moose. What wasn’t chewed up outright was trampled on or sampled and then spit out. Her husband is going to put up hoops, as well (albeit on a larger scale).

    I asked about just putting up a fence. “How high can a moose jump?” I asked.

    She told me the fence would need to be at least 8 feet tall and very sturdy. It’s not so much that they can jump (though they can, a bit). It’s that they weigh at least 1,000 pounds and simply walk through/over any fencing you put up. Hoops, however, seem to stymie them, so hoops it is.

    You’re in good company.


  4. A “moose” (Holy Grail) reference that will be lost on almost everyone:

    Moose Trained by Yutte Hermsgervordenbroti

    Special Moose Effects Olaf Prot

    Moose Costumes Siggi Churchill

    Moose choreographed by Horst Prot III


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