chipmunks (or voles?) party in the tunnel

Pests & Pathogens

My plastic tunnel with winter greens has hit the end of its season. 🙁 Last week, chipmunks discovered it. They tunneled in and out in many places. They feasted on the greens. They ate tops off the most tender lettuce, baby romain, butterheads and oak leaf. It looks like a little weed whacker went through. They stretched up and ate baby broccoli heads. They started to eat escarole frisée heads and kale. Once I discovered the damage, I harvested almost everything I could. The baby broccoli, all the frisée, any romaine and butterhead they missed, also Asian greens that they hadn’t found yet. I left the kale and will take a look at that in a couple days.

Disappointing. But I think I’ve been really lucky with my new garden location this year. I kind of expected more critter damage than I’ve had. All I’ve had problems with this year is cabbage worm and the nasty compost comtaminant. That said, I’m afraid that chipmunks are impossible to exclude from a garden. My usual advice to gardeners with chipmunk trouble is to keep a wide cleared border and don’t plant things they like. Right now, that’s pretty much anything green and tasty.

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