Lots of visitors

Here are the results of the first few days using the critter camera.  It has a memory card, like most cameras today, which documents the date and time the photo was taken.  The camera is set to take a photo any time it detects motion.  Here are the critters that visited the garden the past few nights…..


This squirrel is going to be difficult to deter since he has no trouble going up and over the fence.  I’m sure he is responsible for moving many of the mini tulips that were to edge the main paths.  I’ve found some of the bulbs just laying on the pathways.


It’s a bit hard to view, but this raccoon came at 1:00 am.  It’s the same gate as the first photo, but I added chicken wire to the bottom after seeing lots of raccoon tracks on both sides.


There are no photos of his climbinb over the fence, so maybe the chicken wire did deter him.  You can see he came back at 2:34 a.m……or maybe it was a friend of the first one?


I think this is a fox, don’t you?  We do have foxes nearby.  Maybe he will eliminate the next troublesome critter,WGI_0066

this bunny, who devoured nearly an entire flat of miniature hostas that were just leafing out nicely under the plant benches outside the greenhouse.  He’s obiously going under the front gate, so it will need a barrier on the bottom as well.


This is deer, is the probable cause of some minor damage in the outside west flower border overnight.  Time to start spraying the Plantskydd deer repellent!  I’m having fun checking the camera each day, and hoping to deter critters from access inside the potager before all those luscious seeds begin to sprout.


About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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4 Responses to Lots of visitors

  1. loved the pictures. Would like a similar camera to identify the critter footprints around my garden


    • carolee says:

      It really is fun. I never dreamed that many animals visited our yard every night. Last night there were two raccoons, an oppossum, a cat, a fox, two rabbits, and a squirrel at dawn.


  2. Jackie Powers says:

    Oh my!! Love the critter cam and all your visitors. I expanded my raised bead area this year, not nearly as ambitious as your potager, but thought it might attract visitors as well. We will be trying a small garden electric fence with wires set at heights to deter all the small animals and climbers. A neighbor says that deer will not step or jump over theirs when they hear the buzzing.


    • Carolee says:

      Good luck with that and let me know how it works. I may end up having to run a wire across the top of my fence to keep out climbing squirrels, possums, and squirrels. Haven’t had any deer jump the fence yet, but of course there is nothing of interest to them in there yet.


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