Day 1: See groundhog first time. Cuss.
Day 2: Spend most of day annoying groundhog in pitiful attempt to make it feel unwanted. Leaving cabbages unfenced does *not* support this effort.
Day 3: Go out of town.
Days 4-7: Convince rodent you’re not returning.
Day 8: Come home. See groundhog again. Cuss more.
Day 9: Continue harassment program including shouting from doors, banging on windows and playing NPR at high volume.
Day 10: Finally search “non-toxic solutions to groundhog problems” on the Internet.
Day 11: After night dreaming of Bill Murray and gophers, try hosing water near access hole under deck. Ignore varmint laughter.
Day 12: Run outside and spray water around deck every time you see groundhog. Bonus: You now have a really clean deck.
Day 13: Consider additional “non-toxic solutions” including (used) cat litter (ugh), dog fur (note to self: acquire dog), crushed garlic, and moving.
Day 14: Notice groundhog now hanging out with rabbit and chipmunk by the cherry tomatoes.
Day 15: Call moving company.
PS, this is his/her front door.
Frankly, it’s tough to get an actual photo of a woodchuck. Even if it could chuck wood.
Copyright 2014, Lori Fontanes
Oh dear piggy heavens. You can “borrow” me to come over. Of course, I might just make friends with the woodchuck. Then where would you be? Snorts. XOXO – Bacon
Where would I be? In Hog Heaven, of course!!! 🙂
snorticles and rolls around laughing. XOXO – Bacon
A wonderful post, Lori, and some of it is very familiar!
Oh, I’m sooooo sorry! 🙂 But, at least they are pretty cute…
Woodchuck, a varmit that loves to go through a garden taking one sample bite of everything growing in the garden.
This is your first post in a while, been busy chasing woodchucks or moving?
I must have a very well-mannered ‘chuck then because, so far, s/he only nibbled on one (favored) cabbage. Harvested all of them now so let’s see what happens. If forced, the groundhog will eat clover. PS, I was on an extended blogcation. Didn’t plan to be gone this long but life intervened! Got a lot to catch up on, I see. 🙂
You speak the universal truth, hilariously, unarguably and inevitably. Groundhogs are nature’s little nosetweak to the gardener… 😉
Thx!!! I’m trying to take it as a compliment that all these critters are eating in my yard. *sigh*
My cat hunted a little gopher (or something) for several months. He was very proud of himself when he finally caught him (as were the women running our gardens). Maybe you can rent a cat. I guess a groundhog is much larger though. Rent a very large cat???
We have two medium-sized cats but we don’t let them outside. (Ducks outside/cats inside–works better!) Haven’t seen the usual neighbor cats that come around & wondering if there’s some weird pecking order thing going on. Well, will have update on the whole thing soon. I won the latest round but my husband says don’t count out the ‘chuck just yet. 🙂
lol…my neighbor did something to mine last year, don’t want to know what he did…but I no longer see they guy…..
Maybe he just relocated… 🙂