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Vole ravaged figs coming back from the dead NOW.

Posted by denninmi 6A SE Michigan (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 26, 12 at 12:50

I had some older planting of figs along the side of the house. I also have had a heavy vole population for 2 decades. I gave up years back trying to overwinter the woody parts, since anything that gave adequate winter shelter became a winter palace complete with all-you-can-eat fig bark buffet for voles.

However, I've always had luck just overwintering the roots and getting a crop from those, by mulching with oak leaves in the fall.

Last winter, vole pressure must have been severe or I had the vole from Krypton, because they destroyed them like I've never really seen. They actually chewed off all of last year's growth below the soil line -- first clue was when I saw the old stalks collapse onto the ground.

Anyway, I thought these were complete goners, and redid the bed this weekend into a mixed border.

Lo and Behold, tiny 1 and two inch shoots are coming off the roots further out from the old crowns. They definitely won't do anything fruit-wise this year, but perhaps they'll make it.

Now, if I knew a secret weapon against voles I'd be all set.

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RE: Vole ravaged figs coming back from the dead NOW.

The secret weapon is to put pellets of vole poison down the holes. If you keep at it, you can get rid of these evil varmints!

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