It ate all the flowering tops off of my snow peas! GRRRRRR...
Is there anything better than a fresh snow pea munched straight from the garden? I'll never know this year... Being that the snow peas were one of only two early spring crops that I managed to get planted in between all of the constant rain, I was extra perturbed! We were only a couple weeks off from enjoying their crunchy sweetness.
I wrongly accused the chickens, even though they had left them alone all this time. I still have two renegade hens that keep escaping, but for now they're all on lock up.
As I sent my husband off to work yesterday, I spotted
him... it...her, as it turns out, a big, furry blob lumbering back toward what was left of my pea patch.
I declared war. My Bright-and-Shining-Farmer decided it was time I learned to shoot his 4/10 and was going to give me a quick lesson today, but the whistle-pig (ground hog) showed up right after dinner, along with two more little ones, so I sent him out in the rain after it.
Ground hogs are sneaky and very alert. The slightest movement sends them ducking for cover.
He peeked around the corner, she peeked back and BAM -- it was all over.
You can see my mowed down peas on their bamboo trellis in the foreground.
There is always something living under that corner of my chicken barn. There's been several opossums dispatched from there. Then the barn kitties moved in. I liked having the barn kitties living there. I could spill chicken feed on the floor and nothing would touch it. Then the barn kitties mysteriously disappeared and another opossum moved in. It was quickly evicted. So now there are are still two more little ground hogs under there.
I think I may as well just invest in a trap.
Update: 5/24/11 - We got another one last night and there are still two more small ones out there. They've knocked off almost everything I planted two weeks ago except for the peppers, which they don't like for some reason. I thought the cutworms were getting my tomatoes, so I dusted them and the groundhogs still ate them anyway!! This has been a very frustrating year for gardening.
So that is what's going on here this week. Go see what everybody else is up to over at the Barn Hop on Homestead Revival!