egg shells to deter voles

penny1947(z6 WNY)February 15, 2005

Since i have had a problem with voles in the past I have planted my Salvia G. Black & Blue in large containers. Now that I have several new plants from rooted cuttings as well as seed I was considering putting a couple inground with a base of crushed egg shells. Would this work to deter them or should I try something like pea gravel or maybe a combination of the two.

Penny

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Salvia_guy(z8 OR)

Don't know about eggshells but I do know my four garden cats sure keep the vermin under control...

Oh the presents they bring me....!

SG

    Bookmark   February 15, 2005 at 8:24PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

Thanks SG
however cats aren't an option as I have a big black lab that absolutely hates cats along with every other four legged creatures that wanders into my yard.

Penny

    Bookmark   February 16, 2005 at 8:20AM
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Salvia_guy(z8 OR)

Voles have four legs........ :-)

SG

    Bookmark   February 16, 2005 at 11:29AM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

LOL! I left myself wide open for that one. Yes he has tried to catch voles but they usually get to their little hole before he does when he is outside. I also have to keep him somewhat restrained otherwise he would destroy my beds trying to get to the squirrels and rabbits.

Penny

    Bookmark   February 16, 2005 at 11:50AM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

Work in crushed rock into the soil, making it harder to dig through. Voles are weak diggers compared to moles. The latter are not herbivores and will veer off in their search for worms and beetle grubs.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2005 at 9:56PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

thanks Rich,
I thought since I had the egg shells that I could also use them. I will continue to use those for other things.

penny

    Bookmark   February 17, 2005 at 5:07AM
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brenda_near_eno(Z7a)

Egg shells may not deter the voles, but they are still GREAT for garden soil!

    Bookmark   February 19, 2005 at 7:29AM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

thanks Brenda,
yes I always save my egg shells for the garden. I thought that I may get a two fold use out of them LOL!

Penny

    Bookmark   February 19, 2005 at 7:45AM
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oldroser(z5)

Chicken grit is a good deterrent for voles - readily available from any farm supply store.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2005 at 3:52PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

i knew about chicken grit and crushed oyster shell but unfortunately I am too far away from any feed or farm supply stores. If we get out for a drive this spring I will have to look for one.

Penny

    Bookmark   February 22, 2005 at 6:33AM
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