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 Post subject: Re: Rescuing berries?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 1:59 pm 
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Fuzzy -It would be newsworthy if your raspberries didn't grow in Oregon; they are basically immortal, given the climate :D :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:10 am 
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We see rabbits in our suburban back yard all the time (we use raised beds to stop the munching). Used to have deer too, until my neighbourhood extended further out and now it is too deep into suburbia for them.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:38 am 
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wino wrote:
Fuzzy -It would be newsworthy if your raspberries didn't grow in Oregon; they are basically immortal, given the climate :D :lol:


And indeed, they are sprouting now.

Heck, the strawberries are outcompeting the lawn moss for territory.

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We back onto green space that is a poplar forest, so we have deer, rabbits, red and grey squirrels, one raccoon (that stops by anyway), great grey and great horned owls, and the occasional coyote. Only the squirrels and rabbits come in though and the rabbits eat everything. My cat is great at keeping the field mice at bay, but the rabbits seem to think he's one of them. They hop up to the back door and visit with him.

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At our Portland home we had major problems with moles. Lived in that house for over 20 years and never could get rid of the bastards and, let me tell you, we tried absolutely everything.
They sure could make a mess out of a beautiful lawn!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:16 am 
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Carey,

Yeah, my MIL is in the woods; their garden is surrounded by a 6' electric fence. You pretty much have to if you want to keep any of your veggies.

Linda,

I think all the moles drowned this year.

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Josh, here in Chico, our strawberries come back after the freezes each year. Steve does not attend to them much, so they don't produce as many as I'd like. Our blueberry bush, we got at Costco produced wonderful berries the second year. Should be even better this year. Steve built a netting cage with plastic pipe over it to keep the birds out.

On a separate note, Steve loves "longevity spinach" Gynura Procumbens. It has produced really well. He has it in a big plastic pot from Costco.

Our back yard is very large and suffered many years of neglect while I was a single mom. It is green in the summer now, but a pita to maintain. Moles are huge problem. Since the only way we can really keep the weeds in control is to use Round Up, all our planting is now in raised beds or containers, so no pesticides. Steve has done all the work himself, and used rescued or discarded lumber for a good chunk of it. It has cut down on the crops lost to hungry critters. I've been surprised at how many plants survive the winter even though they look gone. Tarragon and chives are a great example as is lemongrass. My only contribution is to help pick some of the annuals and eat the produce ;)

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