Friday, July 1, 2022

Gardening Questions

I have a couple of gardening-related questions I am hoping my readers can answer for me. Any information or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

1) Anyone know what this is? It has taken over my garden this year. Grows like mad. Weak stems, so the plant typically breaks when I pull it up, leaving the roots in the ground for more plants to grow... It is a short plant (only gets a couple inches or so tall) that quickly spreads out along the ground. I haven't seen any flowers on it yet.  

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2) What can be done about voles? We've always had voles around here, but they weren't a big problem until this year. They have taken over not only my yard and garden area, but the entire neighborhood. You cannot walk around without sinking into the ground as their tunnels give way under your feet. I have lost seven tomato plants so far because they are eating the roots! Any suggestions? 

Here is one of the voles a neighborhood cat managed to kill.

Please leave any comments and suggestions below! 


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  1. We have had a terrible problem with voles as well. After trying several different poisons and baits, my husband decided to try a natural remedy. He mixed cornmeal and baking soda and put 1\4 - 1\2 cup of the mixture down the holes in the ground. So far, it seems to be working. Good luck and I hope this works for you

  2. Well, this is my second attempt to post a comment on what we did to eliminate these pesty creatures. My husband mixed even amounts for corn meal with baking soda and put about 1\4-1\2 cup down their holes in the yard. So far, it seems to have worked. I hope this works for you.

    1. Thank you. I will try that!

  3. That's a mole, not a vole. Voles look similar to mice. We've had both at various times. We had an exterminator trap the moles, which worked great. That might not work for you unless everyone in your neighborhood does it.

    I haven't found anything that works on voles. I'm going to try the homemade vole poison mentioned by the previous commenter.


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