sweetpotatoes

gardeningbygraceJuly 30, 2007

In a couple of weeks the rodents realize it is time to "dig in" and get food for the upcoming cold. I garden in a community garden and we all have this problem--rodents the size of a rat burrow in our hills of sweet potatoes. I keep my area clean of weeds and the vines about four feet long but this rodent always seems to burrow in and eat some of the biggest taters! Does anyone have an answer for all of us to control these pests before they even think about making a home?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sylviatexas1

Maybe someone on the Vegetables Forum could help.

Best luck!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2007 at 6:01PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
meldy_nva(z6b VA)

Actually, I suspect your best method is going to be to plant the taters inside a box. By using ¼" wire mesh for bottoms and sides (and some inches above ground), the critters cannot reach the taters. I have ongoing warfare with voles, and the only taters I get are those grown inside a long mesh box. I use 30" wide mesh, buried 12" inches deep and keep it well mulched. Surround the box and intersperse the plantings with marigolds to help deter potato beetles. Yes, it was a pain to dig the first time (to bury the bottom third), but after that it's been a joy to reach inside and scrabble out a lovely big *un-nibbled* tater.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2007 at 10:21AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Dust & Insects in Seeds. Still OK to be planted?
Hi, i have a pack of wheatgrass from about a week ago....
rosche
Hey guys.. i need help with strawberries
Okay so I'm fairly new to growing strawberries. Where...
danny.wullve
Inherited Garden w/ No Winter Prep
Hello, I'm new to gardening and this forum. I'm seeking...
phillips_em
Overwhelmed
I've dabbled in plants and gardening for a long time,...
randeye
Leaves on Pachira aquatica turning brown and falling off.
I left for three days, came back and noticed some yellowing...
jeremyb83
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™