Voles – Damage and Traps

Growing in a greenhouse often presents unexpected problems. One  is the vole; they are often called meadow mice.  They like to eat plants.  Once they move into a greenhouse the living is easy – shelter, warmer location and a ready food source – the greenhouse crops!  One year Ken lost most of a fall planting of spinach. Voles don’t take the usual mouse bait of cheese or peanut butter, so trapping them presents a real …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has the last of the summer tomatoes, peppers, onions or leeks, garlic, sweet potatoes, winter squash, potatoes, salad and braising greens, radishes, and parsley. Field Notes.  Monday morning Ken made a wooden box trap for voles.  Voles can move into a green house and wipe out an entire crop.  Think of it – a warm place to live and a salad bar to boot!    A well …

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The Season of Rustling

The soundtrack of this time of year is that of rustling.  The remaining leaves on the trees rustle in the breeze. The leaves under foot rustle as Oscar and I walk through them to and from the field.  As I pick the last of the berries, the leaves on the cornstalks are rustling.  This is fall.

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