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Are moles bad for my veg? Is there anything ecologically friendly I can do about them if they are?
I don't have much personal experience with moles, but what I've read is that they are carnivorous and won't do much damage to a vegetable garden at least not the part above ground. They will over time eat a substantial part of your garden's earthworm population and that's not a good thing. There's also the aesthetic issue of having moles hills and runs crisscrossing your yard which may or may not be a concern for you. There are different repellent products that can be used, some of them organic, but in the end your best bet might be to trap it (them) and relocate them. Voles are another story. They feed on the roots of vegetables.
We have a Mr. Mole in our garden and every year we see where he has been tunnelling. But, other than those mole hills and tunnels, he hasn't done any damage to our garden. In fact, we havent' seen him tunnel in the garden patches - we have raised gardenbeds. His tunnels are all in the yard. We still have plenty of worms because we compost and they are always there. We haven't tried to get rid of him and probably won't any time soon; he's just a part of our garden right now.
If you live trap them where would you release them? Your neighbors might not want moles dropped off for them. In our area we have ground squirrels that do lots damage. It is against the law to trap and relocate them.
In thefourth year of converting my yard to organic moles appeared in my garden too. The first year it was mites and bugs of every kind, the second year spiders appeared with large beautiful webs and gigantic worms and beetles. The third year is when the birds moved in, the fourth year the moles. There were two of them, they created two big mounds in my garden, and, I believe, they ate grubs and insects, so I let them be. The following year they didn't come back, but my garden was an amazing symbiotic colony of plants, and insects that grew beautifully for the next twelve years until I had to move. The first four years were fascinating to see nature basically find a balance. The moles used up some of the garden space, but there was no other collateral damage, and they didn't seem to reproduce, so maybe I got lucky.



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