Monday, November 12, 2012
Vole War II
What are voles? These are small rodents that resemble mice and are even called "meadow mice." They live underground, eating roots and tubers. I even once saw a hosta moving in still air, being eaten from below by a vole. I pulled the hosta leaves up, it had no roots and the telltale vole tunnel was there. (For a photo of a vole versus a mole: http://www.evergreenofjohnsoncity.com/Moles%20&%20Voles%20Info.htm )
I reordered the lilies this summer and bought another tea camellia. This year, I have a plan. As you can see by the above photos, I planted both in hardware cloth cages, surrounded by daffodil bulbs (voles hate daffodils) and sprinkled with a good heaping of mole and vole repellent. I topped the bulb cage with a wider mesh hardware cloth, so the lily stems could easily get through (shown in the middle photo before I fixed it to the bottom of the cage with wire), though the camellia cage is not topped to allow the trunk to widen. An third repellent I did not use is small, sharp gravel, but if I had some today.....
Happy gardening! (By the way, this is late because I have been sick, but I am on the mend!)