Are moles or voles tunneling through your lawn? Are your newly planted perennials disappearing into a vole tunnel?
We have been doing quite a bit of stomping on tunnels and filling of holes this spring. In fact, a pesky little vole ate half the roots of a newly planted Columbine earlier this week, before I saw the damage and rescued it to a pot! I planted a lovely Hellebore seedling in its place, only to find the opening of the tunnel widened the next morning, the rejected Hellebore lying beside it.
You know why the vole didn’t want the Hellebore, don’t you? It is poisonous! Planting poisonous bulbs and perennials seems to be our “go to strategy” in this wild garden, to foil the wildlife. But there are a few other tricks that work as well.
Our spring time battle with the voles inspired me to update one of my first 2013 posts to Forest Garden, about our battles with the voles and moles we found here. If you missed it then, let me invite you to take a dive into the Forest Garden archives and read it now. You may find a useful idea that works for you, too.