[Market-farming] Potatoes

Stephanie Nosacek breezynosacek at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 10 14:53:42 EDT 2008


I can tell you what it is because I had the same problem. It's raccoons! They were digging grubs out of my rabbit manure and since the grubs are beetles, the japanese kind, I thought I'd leave it alone and let it do it's thing. It isn't bothering me or the rabbits.
 
Until I found out that it likes potatoes. Then it marked my corn and bean patch. There's scat all over one end of the rows. They are pooping and urination on my beans and corn. So the raccoon is staking out territory.
 
Steph> From: market-farming-request at lists.ibiblio.org> Subject: Market-farming Digest, Vol 66, Issue 6> To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 13:21:37 -0400> > Send Market-farming mailing list submissions to> market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> > To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit> http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/market-farming> or, via email, send a message with subject or body 'help' to> market-farming-request at lists.ibiblio.org> > You can reach the person managing the list at> market-farming-owner at lists.ibiblio.org> > When replying, please edit your Subject line so it is more specific> than "Re: Contents of Market-farming digest..."> > > Today's Topics:> > 1. Case of the Strange Walking Potatoes (Road's End Farm)> 2. Re: Case of the Strange Walking Potatoes (Roger & Carolyn Harvey)> > > ----------------------------------------------------------------------> > Message: 1> Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 15:28:57 -0400> From: Road's End Farm <organic87 at frontiernet.net>> Subject: [Market-farming] Case of the Strange Walking Potatoes> To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>> Message-ID: <b8fdc7c7276b5dadbeaa3599b5270bb6 at frontiernet.net>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"> > (anybody remember the Case of the Strange Walking Sets from a couple of > years ago?)> > A friend of mine just came by with a puzzle. She had recently, and > belatedly, planted some overly-sprouted potato sets. Most of them are > growing fine; some haven't leafed out yet. Something has been coming > by, each night, and digging up one potato. It's always one of the ones > that haven't leafed yet. It's always only one potato. The next day, my > friend replants it; the next night, the same one gets dug up again. > After two or three replantings, the dug up potato not only gets dug up, > but disappears; and whatever it is moves on to another potato; not the > next one in the row, but another one that hasn't leafed yet. So far, > this sequence has continued through about three potatoes.> > The potato isn't just pulled up, because the hole it was in is always > dug out larger than the potato piece. They're planted in old rotted > hay; but there's old hay all over the place that isn't getting holes. > They weren't treated with anything, or fertilized in the planting hole. > Beans and squash growing in the same area have not been disturbed.> > Anybody have any idea? My friend thinks "there's something out there > playing soccer with the potatoes by the light of the stars and the > fireflies; when they kick one potato / ball to pieces, they move on to > the next."> > -- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly> Fresh-market organic produce, small scale> -------------- next part --------------> A non-text attachment was scrubbed...> Name: not available> Type: text/enriched> Size: 1446 bytes> Desc: not available> Url : http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/market-farming/attachments/20080707/ebc6e5eb/attachment-0001.bin > > ------------------------------> > Message: 2> Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2008 22:21:50 -0500> From: Roger & Carolyn Harvey <harvey_mo at hughes.net>> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Case of the Strange Walking Potatoes> To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>> Message-ID: <4872DD4E.3070801 at hughes.net>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed> > > How intriguing! Any chance she could mount one of those wildlife cameras > to find out what's going on? They work on movement, so should be able to > capture something.> > Carolyn in Missouri> > Road's End Farm wrote:> > (anybody remember the Case of the Strange Walking Sets from a couple > > of years ago?)> >> > A friend of mine just came by with a puzzle. She had recently, and > > belatedly, planted some overly-sprouted potato sets. Most of them are > > growing fine; some haven't leafed out yet. Something has been coming > > by, each night, and digging up one potato. It's always one of the ones > > that haven't leafed yet. It's always only one potato. The next day, my > > friend replants it; the next night, the same one gets dug up again. > > After two or three replantings, the dug up potato not only gets dug > > up, but disappears; and whatever it is moves on to another potato; not > > the next one in the row, but another one that hasn't leafed yet. So > > far, this sequence has continued through about three potatoes.> >> > The potato isn't just pulled up, because the hole it was in is always > > dug out larger than the potato piece. They're planted in old rotted > > hay; but there's old hay all over the place that isn't getting holes. > > They weren't treated with anything, or fertilized in the planting > > hole. Beans and squash growing in the same area have not been disturbed.> >> > Anybody have any idea? My friend thinks "there's something out there > > playing soccer with the potatoes by the light of the stars and the > > fireflies; when they kick one potato / ball to pieces, they move on to > > the next."> >> > -- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly> > Fresh-market organic produce, small scale> > ------------------------------------------------------------------------> >> > _______________________________________________> > Market-farming mailing list> > Market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> > http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/market-farming> >> > > > > > ------------------------------> > _______________________________________________> Market-farming mailing list> Market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/market-farming> > Get the list FAQ at: http://www.marketfarming.net/mflistfaq.htm> > > End of Market-farming Digest, Vol 66, Issue 6> *********************************************
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