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Aaaaargh

Woke up this morning to find that a dog/fox/JCB digger has dug the largest dianeter hole i've seen anything dig (about four foot diameter plus spoil) in a garden, and it happens to be in my bog garden.

There were plants and labels everywhere, the perpatrator must have felt the need to roll in the garden aswell as chewing the taller pitchers that wern't uprooted,

I have spent all morning trying to patch it up, but I now have loads and loads of depitchered plants, a random mix of labels that I cant affix to plant because they are now unrecognisable or missing completely and all my cobra seedlings are gone.

I am really really brassed off.

Steve

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Oh god....an absolute nightmare. Holy F**...am really sorry for that mess. :thumbsup:

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im sorry to hear that, it could have been a fox with a JCB digger :thumbsup: wot? you dont think thats the case :blush:

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That's just maddening! I really feel for you.

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Must have been heartbreaking, really sorry to hear about that :thumbsup:

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Thanks all for the sympathy. I know its not really a thread but I needed to sound off to someone who would appreciate the enormity of the situation rather than someone who says 'so something dug a hole in your garden, so what'.

Anyway to rub salt into the wound, whatever it was returned last night and dug a thankfully much smaller hole (about 9 inches diameter) in the same patch of medium. I have now put garden canes into the bed at 45 degree angles interlaced with string and wire to put it off, not very attractive, but I hope effective.

Anyone got any suggestions (short of stopping up all night with a shotgun) on how to stop this sort of nuisance.

Steve

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First of all, find out what it is. Then you have a direction to go on how to stop it.

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Steve..I experienced this in my bogs outside...Early summer, I walk outside to throw out the garbage and my stomach twisted when I saw pots flipped over Leah Wilkerson pitchers broke and tilted over, Darlingtonia dug out of its pot, Hummers Hammerhead crushed by something literally sitting on it, Dro Filiformis dug out and chewed into pieces, several holes about 5-7 inch diam were dug all over...

Late summer...one evening, I look outside the back porch, to check my plants, and 5 big raccoons by my pond 1 big one right in the middle of one of my bogs...Man! I came out there with a left over construction wood and started hitting them over the head several times, all of them eventually ran off...probably the stupidest thing to do cause Im sure its illegal to hurt wild animals, second they're rabies carrirers and are very viscious...But Man I was so pissed!

To find out...my next door neighbor, an old lady, feeds more than a dozen raccoons every night, and when she doesn't feed them, that's when they go to the "drivethrough", which is my backyard and order take away, which are my freakin plants...Then too, I've seen huge rats feeding along side these pesky racoons....Now it's war!!

Fortunately, only my Sarracenia Hummers Hammerhead suffered fatal..(died) :cray:

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Thanks guys

James, I guess as the damage occurs only at night that it is probably a fox, though I cant be sure, i read that they dig in damp soil for leather jacket grubs and the like, or even to make a den. I will stay up tonight with a whisky or two, till either the cold or whiskey get too much for me and see if I can spot what it is, I shall also check the fences and close any small holes.

Amar thanks for the links I am investigating further, I have cats so it may prove problematic to use one of these in my own garden, although having said that they would soon learn to stay away from it, if it annoyed them wouldnt they.

Cheers

Steve

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If it is good old Vulpes, he shouldn't be too hard to keep out.

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Thanks guys

James, I guess as the damage occurs only at night that it is probably a fox, though I cant be sure, i read that they dig in damp soil for leather jacket grubs and the like, or even to make a den. I will stay up tonight with a whisky or two, till either the cold or whiskey get too much for me and see if I can spot what it is, I shall also check the fences and close any small holes.

Amar thanks for the links I am investigating further, I have cats so it may prove problematic to use one of these in my own garden, although having said that they would soon learn to stay away from it, if it annoyed them wouldnt they.

Cheers

Steve

Steve, I hope it will be a whisky, and not a whiskey. Big difference. :cray:

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you could try puting neting over it,

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Steve, I hope it will be a whisky, and not a whiskey. Big difference. :cray:

Whisky is single malt? or whats the difference again amar....?

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Whisky is single malt? or whats the difference again amar....?

Whisky is the product made in Scotland (the only real whisky.. ) or in Canada.

Whiskey is the product made in USA and in Ireland.

Edited by Amar

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Got it......

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Hi Rob

Its an idea I could do that, but I prefer to keep netting, fences and that sort of thing away as much as possible as it does detract from 'natural' (well as natural as having a conglomeration of plants together in one place that wouldn't really exist in nature) look of the garden and indeed the plants themselves.

I'll see tonight hopefully what I'm up against and as James says, if its a fox I should be able to sort it, if not chicken wire netting or a fence (electric?) it is.

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Hi Rob

Its an idea I could do that, but I prefer to keep netting, fences and that sort of thing away as much as possible as it does detract from 'natural' (well as natural as having a conglomeration of plants together in one place that wouldn't really exist in nature) look of the garden and indeed the plants themselves.

I for one agree to this....I prefer the natural look..

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Steve, I hope it will be a whisky, and not a whiskey. Big difference. :laugh1:

Ahhh Amar I'n not too partisan in my indulgence with amber fluid, whilst I appreciate the smokey, peaty single and double malts of Scotland I can still drink with a different, but equal admiration the thrice distilled Jamesons and Bushmills, after all the Scots did learn distillation I believe from the Irish.

Cheers

Steve

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Ahhh Amar I'n not too partisan in my indulgence with amber fluid, whilst I appreciate the smokey, peaty single and double malts of Scotland I can still drink with a different, but equal admiration the thrice distilled Jamesons and Bushmills, after all the Scots did learn distillation I believe from the Irish.

Cheers

Steve

Yes, they did perfect it. :laugh1:

So, no Four Roses or Jack Daniels for you then? Good man. :thank_you2:

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Hi Steve,

This might not be of any help to you but I had a problem with something digging and tearing up my first bog on a weekly basis so I added a few small border fences that look ok I suppose considering that I got from the pound shop!

I also put up a huge plastic heron towering over the bog and since doing these two things that bog has not been disturbed in any way and I did this back in may.

But I also recently made a new bog which only has seeds in at present and is yet to be planted but after the problems I had with the first one being dug up all the time I added a removable raised home made wooden border which also provides a bit of protection from the cold and wind with a removable thin net which rests on top of the border as the net is thin and black you can hardly see unless you look closely.

The border is easlily lifted off the bog with the net attached and put to one side and the idea being is hopefully when I want to view or work on the bog I remove the border and then place it back when im done.

This might not be any good to you as you want to keep a natural look but there are probably a few alterations you could make to make it more natural or to your taste so hope it gives you a few ideas.

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Very cool Matty!...lol I actually made A cardboard Hawk that I hung using fishingline, and when the wind picks up, it would sway, as if it was swooping down to grab something....LOL..it only worked until it got wet from the rain...

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It is a fox!

I spied the little blighter last night in the garden, when I went to shoo him off he rather obligingly showed me his entrance and exit route. This has now been closed and hopefully that will be an end to it.

Just need to wait six months to see what has survived and whats died.

Thanks all

Steve

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Goos going. That fellow hopefully won't bother the plants anymore. However, I would actually have expected it to be badgers, foxes don't dig too much...

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Goos going. That fellow hopefully won't bother the plants anymore. However, I would actually have expected it to be badgers, foxes don't dig too much...

Uhhhh Ohhh will keep a vigil for a couple of nights just in case.

Thanks James

Steve

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