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May 8, 2017 6:30 PM CST
Ever since I started gardening, something has been climbing up, and digging holes in my soil. The soil is recommended, and I can't stop finding holes in the soil. I planted seeds, and it's still doing it. I'm guessing it's a squirrel, but I have no idea. I'm worried about the life of my plants, and I think the holes are unhealthy for the plants. Can someone help me find out how to stop it without harming my plants?
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
May 8, 2017 6:37 PM CST
It would help to know what part of the world you are in. You can go to your profile ( the little blue man in the upper right of your screen) and fill in your location so we can try to figure out what garden pests you have.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
May 8, 2017 6:38 PM CST
Some people plant through chicken wire to prevent that. Too late now; perhaps you can lay some pieces of wire or hardware cloth between the
plants to discourage the little miner.
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
May 8, 2017 7:26 PM CST
Probably squirrels. They're always burying something or digging up something they buried. @Gymgirl set up an array of chopsticks in her garden to discourage them. Pics here:
The aboriginal people of the world and many other cultures share a common respect for nature and the universe, and all of the life that it holds. We should learn from them!
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Heucheras Echinacea
Hellebores The WITWIT Badge Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey Celebrating Gardening: 2015
May 8, 2017 8:11 PM CST
As long as nothing edible is planted there and no pets or little kids have access I find putting a couple of moth balls in my planters helps keep the critters out.

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