When I planned to grow my own food in the middle of a game reserve I knew I was going up against the odds. Careful planning of the beds was necessary to avoid my food being eaten by other creatures. Firstly, I had to think of every animal on the reserve and plan how to stop them eating the vegetables. My final plan is to have a caged in area with shade cloth to protect the plants. While it will take me some time to get this ready I decided to plant out one raised bed to at least get some growing done. I planned to use netting around the bed to keep porcupines and small buck out and hoped that the baboons would be preoccupied with the citrus orchards a few kilometers away.
This last weekend I planted all my seeds directly into the bed. I did not erect the netting as there were no visible plants to eat yet. I was confident that all would be well with my seeds.
But I missed something very, very obvious and when I went to check if the bed was still damp this morning I saw to my horror – two scratched heaps of sand exactly where I planted my seeds. My first thought was – darn it – I didn’t know that porcupines dig in the sand for seeds. I took a closer look and saw some very familiar spoor. I am getting quite good at identifying spoor – especially these ones because I see them all over my dining room table! Grrrrrrrrrrrr!
Darn it Fred! This is not your giant litter box!Photo of Fred by the Bean