Welcome to Sad Saturday – the place to come on the first Saturday of each month where we keep it real and share our mistakes and things that didn’t quite work out. I refuse to call them failures…everything’s a learning experience, isn’t it?
And, oh, have we had some learning experiences here at An Oregon Cottage. In fact, it was hard to choose the first one to write about, but in the end,the bane of our summer won out:
We have waged a battle against moles this summer (no, not voles- that was so last summer…). These are all the various remedies we have tried, starting with all the “natural” ones and slowly progressing to the whatever we thought might get rid of them.
Oh, how the mighty do fall (that would be us organic gardeners, not, unfortunately the moles).
However, you can see from these pictures taken yesterday how useless they’ve all been. I count about 15 mounds in this mulched area we were preparing for plants this fall (there are more in the border behind). It’s only about 20 feet long and maybe 5 feet wide, yet there are 15 mounds!
They love the moisture held in by the newspaper and mulch over old lawn for some reason.
They’ve wreaked havoc on the plastic we laid down in the berry patch to cover the awful weeds. And, yes, we were are planning to cover this with coarse straw at some point…
As the final humiliation, they’ve dared to come up right in the gravel paths of the raised bed vegetable garden. Oh, they can’t find their way into the tall beds after we vole-proofed them, but that didn’t keep them out of the garden.
We can’t seem to win this war. And we’ve tried…
Have you tried anything to thwart moles that’s worked? I’d love to hear about it!