Garden Harvest and Problem

We’ll start with the positive: I love bringing in the basket full of beautiful produce. Zucchini for kabobs, the last of the lettuce, green beans for my favorite side dishes, and a lovely head of “Graffiti” Cauliflower.

Isn’t the color something? One of the reasons it’s so fun to garden is to be able to grow unusual things like this. This is the only plant that made it this year from the seed planting, though, so I’m glad it’s big. I’ll be able to use it for a number of meals.

Maybe I’ll mix it with the “Cheddar” cauliflower for an eye-popping side dish!

The other news on the garden front isn’t so good:

These are holes made by voles (aka, “field mice”). These happen to be in our yard (I hesitate to use the term “lawn” for this area as you can see!) just outside the garden fence. I counted more than 40 holes in a 5’x15′ area.

I could handle it there, but in the last weeks, they’ve started to go wild in the garden beds:

Here’s the thing: they eat anything! Including root crops! I’ve had to pull up all my carrots and beets after finding some completely gone (all that was left was a few wilting tops) and others half gone or nibbled on. I thought, even if the carrots weren’t done growing, at least I could salvage what was there. They didn’t seem to like the beets, but I pulled them, too.

This bed that they like with the root veggies has about 10 holes. I disrupt them, and they come back.

There are too many to trap, I read that repel products don’t work, and I don’t want to poison them in the vegetable garden! What to do?

Ugh. We’ve put one of those ultrasonic solar noise-things, which some people swear by and some don’t. So far, no difference.

When I went looking for potatoes, I found a hole.

And a nibble out of a nearby potato.

Help! What do I do? They are reproducing so rapidly, I feel out of control!

And I thought deer were bad. At least you can fence them out…






  1. says

    This may be offensive to some, but this product works for rodents of all types:

    Golden Malrin (Fly Bait) mixed with the animals favorite “food”. For mice, birdseed, I believe or some other grain;raccoons like pop. Yes this is a permanent solution and you may have to dispose of the bodies. You definitely do not want this around any pets!

  2. says

    Oh and I read you don’t want to poison them in the garden so if it’s just in the garden you don’t want to poison them you can try by setting this outside the garden.

  3. Anonymous says

    I don’t have a garden but my neighborhood has a lot of stray cats that seem to love to catch and kill field mice. Maybe get a couple of outdoor cats?

  4. Becky says

    Hi I am new to your blog but am really enjoying it! We have many voles, moles etc. too and the most success we’ve had is wtih an outdoor cat. We just got a second cat that we hope will help even more. I was also reading your pdf garden notes and was wondering where do you buy seeds for winter vegetables? I would love to have cabbage and cauliflower this year but maybe I’m too late. Thanks for all the great tips on your blog!

  5. Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says

    Hi Becky- I’m so glad you are enjoying the blog. Sorry, it’s taken me a little while to catch up with my email…

    When we’ve had cats in the past, they’ve wreaked havoc in the vegetable and flower borders! Do you have this problem? Also, we’ve got a big dog that chases them.

    I buy my winter seeds usually when I order my spring seeds, but if I need more, I get them from Territorial Seeds. Nurseries may also have some. It’s probably too late to start cabb. and caul. from seed, but you could get starts from a nursery selling winter starts. Do try all the greens, though, especially spinach. It’s quite fun to harvest in the fall and winter!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>