It’s time to put out a garden, again. This will be my third attempt in Texas. I am pretty sure an actual garden won’t be possible this year either. If it weren’t for the expected drought (again) it’s because of the moles it might be perfect. Those horrible little creatures have taken over the entire area. There is no where to walk in this town where moles have not damaged the ground. You must step carefully with every step or fall into a mole tunnel or mole hill. Moles don’t “eat” your garden plants, but they do uproot them.
I’ts extremely hard to get rid of moles. Poisons generally don’t work because moles usually won’t eat the poison peanuts and it’s hard to know which tunnels are being used and which aren’t. In this sandy location, you can’t flood them out. That just leaves traps. Setting traps is most effective, but even so is time consuming and requires extreme diligence and care. If a mole detects a tunnel or hole has been disturbed, they won’t use that location again. It simply makes a new one or goes to an undisturbed hole.
Because of this unfavorable turn of events, this year I’m going to put double ground mulch over the entire garden plot. After turning it in a few times, I’ll place garden mesh over the entire garden area to kill off undesirable plants. Next on the garden mesh will be more mulch to help water flow into the ground below to encourage composting of the mulch under the mesh. (Yes, I do have hopes that someday I will have a real garden!) The garden pots will be on top of the mulch, evenly spaced as they would be in any garden.
I am determined to have a great garden. Wish me luck!