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May 12, 2020 9:04 PM CST
Name: Frank
WVa
I just learned that THIS forum exists. I posted this question in the "Ask a Question " forum earlier and think that it should go here or under Container forum instead. Anyway, it's about the following.

I'm starting new container food gardens using stiff plastic shallow kids pools. They've done well for landscaping albeit low worm propagation when I made shovel slits for drain holes.
This time, I think that I'll drill or melt holes that might be better for worms to travel through, BUT be small enough to keep out moles that eat them. (Ounce of prevention...)

The past few years there's been hardly any moles or voles in the yard. That said, I didn't have a small lasagna garden with lots of organic matter between pools that I will also plant. That will doubtless boost the worm population this year and invite moles from my neighbors yard...maybe.
I think they will be able to get into the containers IF they can squeeze their heads through. This is my own theory, so perhaps I can glean from your actual experience.

Q: Any recommendations as to the largest diameter drain holes that I should drill or melt?

Q: Should I instead, forget about moles and cut out the bottoms thus turning them into raised beds on cardboard sheets to:
a) Choke out the grass and weeds and
b) Eventually allow worms and the existing soil microbiome to enhance plant growth. One possible caviot is tomato blight was nearby over 10 years ago when family grew them.
(Zone 6b)
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May 24, 2020 8:42 PM CST
Name: Frank
WVa
For anyone interested, I got a response from a friend who told me that he did something similar and moles or voles wiped out his garden.
He suggested that I drill holes 1/4" or slightly larger.
(Zone 6b)
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