[Market-farming] Bean mowers :>)

marcy marcy at aculink.net
Mon Jul 11 23:54:17 EDT 2005


I think the culprit on my beans is the rabbits. The eastern ends of the rows
are the ones most eaten and they've been eaten several times after I
initially saw sticks left earlier in the season. We have more rabbits on
that end of the garden - not sure why.  Interesting thing though - they
didn't eat the yellow and purple beans as much as they did the green beans.
My first planting has been hit the worst. Last year the rabbits ate every
single cantelope bud/blossom off. Had nice vines, but as soon as they'd get
close to fruiting/blooming, they'd munch them.

Don't know about CD's for rabbits, but they sure work to keep owls and hawks
out of pullets!

Of course with your row covers rabbits don't quite make sense either.

Good luck Elaine!

Marcy
SE Colo, zone 5 feeling the heat

----- Original Message -----
From: "Elaine Granata" <ecgranat at ouray.cudenver.edu>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, July 10, 2005 10:04 PM
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Bean mowers :>)


> Folks:  Thanks to all for your thoughts.
>
> I don't think it's cutworms, either, since I have the 2 inch stub of the
> stem, but I'll dig around and see if I find any.  I've thought about DE
and
> will try it in my subsequent planting.  Since the second round was covered
> with row covers, I don't think it's the rabbits -- the covers were not
> disturbed, torn, etc.
>
> I wish I could be there at night like a "fly on the wall-- or under the
row
> cover"  to see what's happening -- the mysteries of farming!
>
> Elaine
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <tonitime at juno.com>
> To: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Cc: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Sunday, July 10, 2005 4:36 PM
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Bean mowers :>)
>
>
> >
> > In my experience, cutworms cut off the plant closer to the soil - so i
> > doubt that is it. Here, such things happen when browsing animals nip
them
> > off higher above the soil.  Deer, wascally wabbits, raccons do such in
> > our area. I have had success using flashy old cd's on long twigs with
> > fishing line.  They even flash in the moonlight at the slightest breeze
> > and make the critters uncomfortable enough that they do their browsing
> > outside of the vegetable gardens.  Some people around here just tie
> > plastic store bags onto tobacco stakes around the beans and corn.  If
> > deer, some use "fencing" of high tensile fishing line around certain
> > patches with dangles off of that..   My best protection has been our
> > small pack of dogs!  My neighbors all have big deer problems in their
> > gardens........using the above methods, my crops are the only ones out
in
> > our hollar that aren't afflicted the last three years.  I think i will
> > keep doing it!!
> > Good luck.......it is so frustrating to nurture along seed and have it
go
> > so fast.
> > Toni
> > Clifty Gardens- Certified Naturally Grown Produce
> > Red River Gorge, KY
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