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    Wheelie is offline Seedling
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    I hope you guys arenít too fed up with my questions, but you are so kind, I automatically think of you when I need help.

    This time itís foxes and badgers. I was chatting to one of my neighbours this morning. She has a plot in our allotment. She says they have terrible problems with them. Because my plot is higher than normal to accommodate my wheelchair, Iím not sure if badgers can climb or jump up there, but foxes will have no trouble. Donít get me wrong, Iím a wildlife lover, but I just donít want them ruining my work.
    We are right next to woodland. Iím told thereís 11 badgers who visit at night as some woman buys them sausages!! 4 foxes too.

    How can I keep them off my plot?
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    Fencing and it needs to be high I've seen Badgers running along the top of a 6 foot high wall, Foxes can be deterred with smells, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall had problems in an early episode of River Cottage, old tights with hair from the hair dressers was used to keep Foxes away from his chickens.
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    Foxes and Badgers will be able to hop up onto your bed, but if there is nothing to attract them, they will soon give it a miss.. They might scent mark a corner perhaps.

    Don't use Blood, Fish and Bone. If you do, work it well in. The smell of the fertilizer will attract them and they will dig to try to locate the source.

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    Thanks for the tips Bernie and 4shoes. I’m surprised badgers can get up 6ft high! They are porkie looking things so I didn’t think they’d be able to!
    I don’t think fencing is an option. I will certainly leave out using bfb. I will also go ask the hairdresser to collect some hair for me. I was thinking some kind of cloche or netting to put on overnight as they are nocturnal, but I don’t think anything exists for a plot raised up as high as mine.

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    I have chickens but I would still love to see a fox or a badger on my plot. I would feel honoured!
    My Majesty made for him a garden anew in order
    to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers.- Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)

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    Don't grow sweetcorn...they absolutely adore it.
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    Foxes are very cunning. Badgers are very strong.
    They will be able to climb your beds if they are particularly interested. See how you get on, likely they will be more interested in the plots they've already been bothering. See how it goes. You'll probably find slugs to be the thing...
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    I am in a wooded environment with badgers, foxes and the real pest, roe deer.

    neither the foxes or badgers really bother me as I don't have chickens or masses of rodents to attract them, so I would suggest being careful with blood and bone , otherwise relax and enjoy your visitors, their presence more than compensates for the odd bit of nuisance
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