Critters getting all my berries :(
I only have a few strawberry plants, and critters -- likely chipmunks -- are getting them all. I wouldn't mind sharing but they eat or destroy every single berry, often ruining ones that are still white and leaving them to rot on the ground. :(
The bed is in an overall garden enclosure that does a good job in general of keeping our major pests out (groundhogs, rabbits, deer) but the chipmunks can go through the poultry wire and they seem to love strawberries.
I put a small hardware cloth box over some of them and they just tunneled under it.
This year's harvest is a small one and was a bonus anyway so I didn't expect much, but I want to deal with this for next year.
I could enclose the whole thing in hardware cloth boxes but I'd have to bury them and then how do I get to the berries? Plus, the bed is 20' long and hardware cloth is expensive..
Any ideas on what I can do? Thanks.