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    dinah gale is offline Seedling
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    Default Badgers on our allotments

    I'm sure this question must have come up many times but does anyone have a foolproof way to keep badgers out of the crops?

    My two neighbouring plots have had their sweetcorn flattened and eaten off just as they were ripening. I reckon mine are next in line!
    Last night, as a short-term emergency measure, I put the windbreak material I had to hand, together with some old net curtains off the currant bushes around the sweetcorn to hide it, then soaked string in ***** fluid and surrounded the bed with that in the hope that the smell of that would put them off but I don't have much hope really that the sweetcorn will escape their attention, they're determined little blighters. (Still, they might go the neighbours first)

    Busy day today but have popped up tp the plot tonight to water seedlings and check the defences - corn still standing with tassels starting to go brown nicely - will check again tomorrow. What a year - blight on the tomatoes and potatoes, now b..... badgers. I know we have to be philosophical about these things (and remember the gardeners' mantra) but it would be nice if I can find a way of deterring the stripey little hellers.

    Any suggestions would be more than welcome. Used to love the Brock story characters as a kid. How things change.

    Other crops going well, mangetout peas coming outof my ears and all beans and courgettes cropping well. The forecast rain will just come at a welcome time for me - it'll help the seedings along nicely.

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    If you have badgers get the sets registered and then your land is safe, as they are protected. You can't build in badger sets.

    But stopping them eating the crops....sorry cant help.
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    We had badgers on our new lottie a couple of years back and then built a huge bunny fence.
    As ours was the least accessable for them, they seemed to have gone on to other plots!!!
    Worth a try????

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    Our garden lives on a badger run and for the past 25 years, they come and use part of our garden as a toilet, inspect the bird table for food, steal any loose peanuts and make a regular inspection. (we see the same tracks in the snow every year.)

    They leave our fruit and veg alone except blunder through the rasp canes in places.

    I just ignore them now.

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    Thanks all. I'll have to check our regulations Nicos - I have a feeling there are restrictions on our tenancy agreements before I make a fence.

    Our allotments are very regulated - no structures over 1.5 metres for instance which has meant we can't have a shed until this year when the town council informed us we may have sheds but at a size and design determined by them As far as I know, nobody has enquired about the size or design yet as we have by now all got tool stores of some description but a lottie without a wonky shed or two? Unnatural.

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    A fence certainly won't stop a badger as they can easily rip through it.....I think they just made a slightly easier detour!
    We aren't on a main run though, so maybe we got off lightly??

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    "We aren't on a main run though, so maybe we got off lightly??"

    Yes. About 24 years ago (!) when we first were here, we attempted to block the run off with wire, wood and more wire. total abject failure. All destroyed.

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    badgers will get thru anything for sweetcorn. and peanut butter sarnies. p'raps you'll have to get your corn from tes*o ?

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