Soooo....I am about to break ground for new beds soon as it's the only thing I can really do right now (frankly I'm surprised I can even do this! I'm in NJ and we have had no winter and the ground is soft). and as I have been walking around in my yard and being vigilant and such, I have discovered that Mr. Groundhog is back and last night I discovered a skunk. I also have lots of rabbits.
Last year I had a small garden. The worst I noticed is that the groundhog would come and nibble on some leaves off of my brussel sprouts. Also someone was nibbling off the tops of my carrots. I put netting over these and that kept everything off these things. They left strawberries, arugula and corn alone.
This year though I'm expanding and I am doing a lot more lettuces and melons and things which I imagine is going to be a lot more enticing to rabbits and groundhogs - I have no idea about skunks but I think they're mostly carnivores.
Anyway I was thinking of getting a have-a-heart trap but I really want to stay away from this. If I turned the tables and I was doing what only came what was natural to me, and some giant came and trapped me and moved me somewhere to some place with other critters that have a territory and all that - that's just mean. I would like to be able to let the rabbits and critters to continue to live and forage here, but not bother my garden.
What tips do you guys have? I used pinwheels on the strawberries for birds and that helped....I haven't ever seen deer. My yard is partially fenced but I've chased the groundhog out - and he comes in and out under the fence so it doesn't keep him out!
Thanks in advance!