This time last year we reported the saga of a woodchuck who raided the rescue's vegetable garden and the aftermath of the destruction. The loss of some 50+ plants hit the rescue hard last summer, especially given the cost of lettuce in the grocery stores.
Last June, Cindy collected ideas from readers about how to deal with the woodchuck (which she's named Gertrude) if she came back this spring. Some of the folks who were reading last spring have e-mailed to ask what the plan is for this year.
This year, Cindy and William moved the garden further into the center of the backyard, away from the hedgerow that had given Gertrude a sense of security as she scuttled out into the garden. With the garden so far out in the yard, she'd have to come out into the open to dig and pillage for snacks...leaving her (and any babies she might have this year) vulnerable. They also buried the fence three feet into the ground all the way around.
We're hoping the strategy works and the garden will be able to produce enough vegetables to substantially reduce our grocery bills this summer. Medical bills this spring for some of the pigs we took in on abandonment cases just about drained the rescue's budget. As we enter the summer months -- which are typically slow for all rescues in terms of adoptions and donations -- we're deeply concerned about how we're going to make it until fall.