It’s time for my annual proclamation that this is the year we will get the woodchuck problem in the garden under control. This time I really mean it.
I know you have heard it before, but this year I am taking matters out of my own hands and putting them squarely in the hands of professionals. My hired assassin even comes with a 5 year guarantee to keep sons and daughters, cousins and distant relatives from coming to move into the particularly extensive abode that stretches from my chicken coop to my barn (easily 50 feet).
Over the years I’ve tried traps, poison, smoke bombs (which worked until they didn’t and I nearly burned down the barn), getting a terrier, throwing rocks at them, and running like a crazy woman (who screams while waving her hands over her head) out of the house at them — nothing has made a lasting difference and I think the ‘chucks have come to feel that I’m not serious.
Last year I over-confidently thought that I had at least banished them from the vegetable garden (where they pose, all cute-like, in front of my game camera while mowing down anything even remotely related to a cabbage). I was convinced my fence fortress was impermeable, but within days of planting a brand new Goji Berry Plant – it was gone. I guess they were tired of the Brassicas and found this to be a real treat – especially after having pushed the gate backwards on its hinges just enough to get in.
I’d really like to try out Goji berries. (Have you had them?) I’ve never bought them in the store, but they are purported to be quite healthy. And if I can achieve cascades of pretty red berries covering branches that are trained nicely into a pretty cone form I could even be happy not to eat them and just look at them.
So, is this possible?
It’s March; anything seems possible. And if the chucks are gone and I try planting it in a container, I think I might have sporting chance.
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