Are You Kidding Me?

Apparently, the chicken wire fence does not descend deep enough.  The groundhog has returned, and this time, within the boundaries of the carefully prepared soil of our vegetable garden.

Last year, I compared him to the Enemy of our Souls, and I provided 4 questions to keep him out. 

But today, he (or she) is already in

Planting season begins at the end of May here, so we have exactly 31 days to figure out how to remove a groundhog from within the vegetable garden. Most likely, this task will involve creating the illusion that a predator is near.  The groundhog will flee and relocate if threatened with predator urine (I know, delightful!).

We’ll send him running, deepen our fence, and secure the perimeter.  

I just can’t believe he got in before I even started planting.

It’s like he knows.   

Well, I’m not going to worry.  He actually made a huge mistake today, showing off as he did with this enormous hole that suggests he’s the size of a bear.  He alerted us to his schemes, and we can strike preemptively.  No plants were ever harmed.  No plants will be. 

Thank you, Groundhog, for your warning.

Sometimes that enemy attack alerts you to a scheme that educates you at just the right time.  PS.  Do you know how to get rid of a groundhog?  

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  1.  Havahart® trap –  borrow one, bait it with greens or fruit and transport the critter far away.  My hubby takes what we catch and armed with sturdy gloves and a stick for the release, puts the trap in the back of the truck and off they go to his/her new home. No harm done to the whistle-pig and you can have your garden back.

  2. Dog waste or used cat litter down the hole. Sorry that is gross but a friend and the internet both say it works.