Need critter proof garden ideas!

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by Leeuhhh, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. Leeuhhh

    Leeuhhh Monkey

    something got in to all my garden areas here at the house and destroyed EVERYTHING except my one planter of lettuce that was hung on the fence. Thankfully it's early in the season and I can replant, but I don't want this to happen again. I have a feeling the culprits are raccoons. I'm going to do some more vertical gardening, but I'm not really sure that will work for everything. Ideas?

    Also, (off topic) look at my beautiful new little girl ;)
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  2. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    I'm thinking that is a garden guard dog...
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  3. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Build a wire cage with top exactly like you would need for a chicken pen.

    Use Raised Beds
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  4. Gopherman

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep

    Critter traps with sardines, work awesome, and you can skin what you catch and make hats!
  5. Leeuhhh

    Leeuhhh Monkey

    Not sure why I didn't think of a wire frame! I'm feeling a little special now lol. And yes I'm thinking she will be a great guard dog.
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  6. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    +1 on wire tops.

    What a beautiful girl!
  7. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    3 rows of electrified fence spaced 5" apart will take care of the raccoon. That and a .22LR between the eyes. That is unless you want the mask for a hat! :D

    Two thumbs up on the live trap, they are easier to shoot that way. And Sardines with a can of salmon cat food (the cheapest you can find) make great bait. Although you might catch the neighbor's kitty..... :whistle:
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  8. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Nice Pup!

    Raccoon's love marshmallows and also peanut butter, Bait your traps accordingly.
  9. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    If no one else in your area is hunting Racoons then you can expect to trap as many as 30 before they slow down a bit. If in doubt then set up a Trail Cam and watch for a while and check for a trail to your garden.
  10. Leeuhhh

    Leeuhhh Monkey

    I see them running up and down the tree near the garden. The beds are raised already. As soon as they see something green come up it gets ripped out. A wire frame will help a lot.
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  11. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I've never known a raccoon that could resist canned cat food. ( never did see one that could use the opener though, so why do they like it?)
    Reminds me of fish eating worms....why? Worms drowned and fish loose interest, so how did they develop a taste for worms at all?o_O
  12. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

  13. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

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  14. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I have several of the havahart traps. They work well.
  15. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    MAKE SURE YOU CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS. (Normally Kellory would be the one saying this)
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  16. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    They check in, but they don't check out.
  17. Airtime

    Airtime Monkey+++

    Hotel California traps?
  18. Airtime

    Airtime Monkey+++

    My brother in law plants about half an acre of sweet corn each year that we harvest and freeze. We put up electric fence as well around the plot. Bottom wire about 3 inches off ground and then about 5 inch spacing up to about 2 1/2 feet high. We see tons of coon tracks around the perimeter but none inside and corn does well every year. Our pastor had deer cleaning out his flower garden next to his house. Took a higher electric fence to discourage them.

    Don't need near the fence charger to keep coons out as you do to keep cattle in the pasture. The smallest cheapest will be more than enough. I see them go for just a few bucks at farm auctions. You can get small 250' roll of wire for $6-8, bottom end charger for about $30 and stakes for $3-5 each. So you can set this up around a small garden in an hour for roughly $50-60. Not bad.
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  19. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    What @Dunerunner said A .22LR [winkthumb] [winkthumb]

    then add an AR .223 / 5.56

    practice, practice, practice on both and be safe! :)

    make sure the puppy gets used to the .22LR and AR :)
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  20. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

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