Thursday, July 5, 2012

groundhog hate reason #4,587

17 Comments:

Blogger TwoBlueHeelers said...

I have just started learning the song "Groundhog" in Wes Erbsen's fiddle book. So sorry your garden got hit with the real thing. Oh the humanity!

July 5, 2012 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Sassafras and Winterberry said...

Currently living with the same thing. My new job is obsessively checking the garden...every 15 minutes! I feel your pain.

July 5, 2012 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Oh no! We had a groundhog in our yard last year. We trapped him and I made my husband let him go. It was just too cute! I may regret my decision :p

July 5, 2012 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

We used a low electric fence for those buggers. Wonder if they're good eating?

July 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger Oxray Farm said...

NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!! UGH, so sorry!

July 5, 2012 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Kelsie said...

Groundhogs and deer ate my entire pumpkin patch to the ground and then started in on my watermelon. Now I have no pumpkins for my famous pumpkin pie, and no watermelon to cool me down when it's 105 outside. I feel your pain so hard right now.

July 5, 2012 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

That's why I can't plant cantaloupe here. I saw one the other day running under the porch of my little house next door. Darn groundhogs! Try a live trap.

July 5, 2012 at 6:21 PM  
Anonymous Walter said...

Now you have live archery practice. If you can stop a groundhog, you can bring home a deer. The horned god puts things in front of us for a reason.

July 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

moving targets, by Dagda!

July 5, 2012 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

Woodchucks are cute along the sides of the Interstate but they aren't cute in pastures or gardens. A good prey driven dog is a great help but absent that a .22 does wonders to ruin their day.

July 5, 2012 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger coley said...

Jenna I just caught 2 the other day that were destroying my entire gardens and no fencing does not help...maybe if it is electrified it might. If you go the way of a live trap use cantaloupe or carrots for bait and side the cage walls up with logs as these cute little destroyers will stay on the outside flipping the cage to get all of the bait. Oh and yes these things can run pretty fast.

July 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger bookkm said...

My mother gave up vegetable gardening because of those furry mounds. We live in town and its the bunnies that make me crazy. Knock on wood! Habitat destruction drives animals closer and closer. Two years ago, we saw a deer run down our very busy street.

July 5, 2012 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger karental said...

Waco Groundhog in Sour Cream

Recipe By: "Indian Cooking", compiled by Herb Walker, 1977

Amount Measure Ingredient Preparation Method
1 Groundhog, skinned & cleaned
1/2 cup Vinegar
1 tablespoon Salt
2 quarts Water
2 teaspoons Soda
1/2 cup Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Allspice
1/2 cup Bacon fat
3 small Wild onions
1/2 cup Water
1 cup Sour cream

Skin and clean the groundhog. Wash and dry and put in an earthen
crock. Cover with water and a half cup of vinegar and 1 T. of salt.
Let stand in a cool place overnight. In the morning, remove from
brine, wash and pat dry with a damp cloth. In a large soup kettle
combine 2 qt. of water and 2 T. of soda. Bring to a boil, lower the
heat and simmer for 15 minutes, removing the scum as it rises to the
surface. Drain and rinse the groundhog meat and cut into serving
pieces. Combinethe flour, salt and allspice and dredge the pieces of
meat in the mixture. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Melt the bacon
fat in a heavy iron frying pan until smoking. jBrown meat on all
sides. Transfer the browned meat into a greased 4 qt. casserole.
Arrange sliced onions on top, add water, cover and bake in a
preheated oven for 2 hours or until the meat is tender. Transfer the
meat to a heated platter to keep warm. Put the casserole on top of
the stove over medium heat and spoon in the sour cream stirring
constantly. Do not let the sauce come to a boil. Put the meat back
into the casserole and simmer for about 15 minutes. Delicious served
with creamed dandelion leaves.

July 5, 2012 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Indio said...

I've been tortured by a groundhog for the past 7 years. Frankly, it's insulting that an animal with a brain the size of a walnut, could routinely do devastation to my garden. It was like the whole foods organic buffet for these varmints. I have elaborate fencing with an overhang to keep it out of my veggie garden. If you use a trap, it will eat lettuce, broccoli, any kind of squash, green beans.... etc. I don't know anything it won't eat. Where there is one, there are likely to be many more, a huge extended family. This year, I got lucky and found a plant in the garden shop called a "mole plant." It is from the euphorbia family, same as pointsettia, so it oozes a white toxin if you get too much of it on your skin or eat it. Apparently, it smells bad to a groundhog, though humans don't have a problem with it. I planted it around the perimeter of my garden because it covers 40sq ft. My coneflower was on the menu it early spring, but once I put these plants, it stopped the devastation. I highly recommend it.

July 5, 2012 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger RamblinHome said...

I've got one who wanders brazenly across the backyard...I'm calling him Ground Chuck and if he nears my garden, that's what he'll be!

July 6, 2012 at 6:28 AM  
Blogger Pit Stop Farm said...

This is why I make a homemade spray for certain plants that the rabbits and groundhogs seem to enjoy around here. To 1 gallon of water, add a beaten egg, 1 cup of milk, 3 tbl hotsauce/tobasco/etc., chili powder and garlic powder (the more the better), 1 tbl vegetable oil, and 1 tbl liquid dish soap. Mix well and let it sit for a while, ideally so the milk and egg smell bad. Spray the plants liberally when their leaves are dry. Reapply after rain.

July 6, 2012 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Karl Micheal said...

@ Allison...yes, they are extremely good eating and you can prepare them as you would rabbit. the older ones can be tough, but if you marinate them overnight and then cook them slowly in a crock pot, they are good. Karental posted a recipe that looks pretty good on here for Jenna and all to see. just be careful when cleaning them as they have some glands by the back legs that can mess the meat up if they are pierced and allowed to drain on the meat (i think they are scent glands). anyway, good luck if you try cooked groundhog. I enjoy it immensely!!

July 8, 2012 at 10:37 AM  

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