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Badgers and Sweetcorn

JacmanJacman Posts: 1

for the last two years I have had beautiful sweetcorn plants, had the first delicious cobs and then overnight badgers decimated the plants knocking them over and eating all the cobs. Has anyone had the same problem, and does anyone know how to stop it happening again this year?

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 17,470

    Hello Jacman. There isn't a lot you can do, I'm afraid. You aren't allowed to interfere (if that is the right word) with a badger or its set. They are tremendously strong and determined animals. I used to be in contact with someone in Riverford organic veg and they said that they had tried electric fences to protect their pumpkins but the badgers just laughed and scratched at the tickly sensation. They can climb too. They regularly pull my open compost heap contents to bits. And they are true omnivores so you can't hide the sweetcorn behind another plant.

    Grow them in the greenhouse?

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Distract them by putting out peanuts

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