2012 sweet potato harvest and NO vole damage!
Finished digging sweet potatoes today a month ahead of my usual habit. In trimming the excess vines, prior to digging, I noted three wonderful welcome garter snakes.
There was not one SP with evidence of vole contact. For five years in this garden, voles have dined on the SPs. Will make oven french fries with some broken Vardeman taters tomorrow and assess their sweetness factor. My other variety is Georgia Jet-those with the lovely bee tempting nectar blossoms.
The snakes meandered about the piles of trimmings and too late, I realized I should have captured them to live in the high tunnel, where mice and most likely voles reside.
Now, if the garter snakes would only consume some of those rabbits...
The only difference in raising the SPs this year was the use of homemade eucalyptus spray once for blister beetles that attacked one SP during the drought.