[Market-farming] Re: garlic and voles

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Tue Oct 26 13:54:24 EDT 2004

I've never had trouble with voles or deer in our garlic, though we have
plenty of both. But we did have trouble with canada geese a couple of times.
They'd feed in the garlic planting, thinking the fresh garlic shoots were
grass seedlings. They'd pull the cloves out of the ground, then move on. By
the time the cloves were found they were dessicated. We plant the cloves
deeper now and the geese don't seem to be able to pull them out.

Bill Shoemaker
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
Univ of Illinois - St Charles Hort Research Center

>I heartily agree with Dorene and others.....a good herd of working cats
>does the trick.  I have 6 out here - find many voles deceased and no
>trouble in the gardens.
>Deer are in abundance here............never touch my alliums.  This year
>i am planting out at least 5 multiplying onion types and some 24 garlic
>varieties.  NOTHING bothers the alliums in this land of pestilence and
>critters.  That's my kinda crop!!
>Toni in E KY
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