My brother-in-law’s garden has been invaded by a groundhog. He has lots of veggies with gnaw marks and bites taken out and a nice big hole in his plot. They surprised it the other day and my sister-in-law reported that a groundhog’s hair stands up on his back like a cat’s when he’s scared!
It seems like a good time to talk about different animal pests and how to get rid of them, so let’s start with the groundhog. Usually, the organic method is to try to deter them with either a bad taste or bad smell.
Plants that taste bad will send a signal that this place isn’t as appealing as the groundhog thought, so hopefully they will voluntarily leave. Marigolds, onions and garlic are all good choices as plants that taste bad to groundhogs. If you don’t have room for more plants, just sprinkle some garlic or onion powder around the base of the plants they are eating. Just be sure to reapply them if it rains. Talcum powder and epsom salts will also deter them.
Groundhogs have a really good sense of smell, and that’s how they register that a predator is approaching, so putting the right smell around your garden will also deter them. Dried blood meal will scare them away, as will dog hair. Groundhogs are afraid of dogs so collect dog hair, put it in a mesh bag or nylon and tie it to a stick where they are the worst. Dog hair is also really good for deterring squirrels, if they are bothering your plants.
Any other good remedies to share?