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For the last few years I’ve had great success cultivating garlic. Cloves for my first planting came from Smith’s Apple Orchard. Grow local they say.

They were big, white cloves that produced rich green curly scapes in early summer. We learned how to use them in salads, soups, sauces, toppings, and pastas and how to cook with them. Then in mid-July we took our first harvest. We were rewarded with big fat bulbs whose colour went from white in some to a light purple in others. Some were saved for the next planting. Some went to friends and family.

Each fall we would till and fertilized the small bed, planting two rows, then four last year. Each summer the results were the same.

Until this summer. The buds were not as big as before. So we delved into farmer’s lore and decided to rotate our crop, moving the planting to another side of the garden. After laying down a layer of mulch we considered our work done until spring.

Today I just happened to walk behind the garden shed to discover that my garlic garden had been attacked. Holes had been dug along the edges. Earth was piled here and there on top of the mulch. The garlic patch was under attack. Now there are really only two creatures that can dig like that…raccoons and skunks. I know this because I watched them destroy my lawn a few years back when we had an infestation of grubs.

Alas, this is a sad state of affairs. Who knows how many cloves they managed to gobble up? Who knows if they will be back? Who knows how to keep them away?

We can only hope that the now frozen ground will be deterrent enough.
I can’t help smile, though, at the thought of a raccoon reeking of garlic. Or even worse, how lethal these skunk raiders must be. They can spray you or unleash their garlic breath on you…deadly at both ends. Just another reason to avoid these poachers if you catch them in the act.

Skunks and Racoons? One or both are doing damage to my garlic bed

Written by metropolitanhomesickblues

December 7, 2011 at 4:47 PM

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  1. If you could trap one of them, they might be beautiful roasted. Mmmm. Garlic infused Racoon. On second thoughts, perhaps not.
    Nice post,

    Conor Bofin

    December 7, 2011 at 5:15 PM

  2. Great post thanks. I really enjoyed it very much. You have excellent content on your blog.

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    December 7, 2011 at 6:36 PM

  3. I have never been much of a gardener. Can I just plant garlic bulbs or do I get plants from somewhere? How much maintenance is involved? I’m in Texas, land of super hot, where weeds grow wild all day.

    Deidra Alexander

    December 8, 2011 at 1:56 PM

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