Some people let wild bees make and store honey so it can be taken.
Some people let some kinds of squirrels collect and store nuts and
seeds so it can be taken. Some archeologists raid the storage of pack
rats to get artifacts. Some people raid the nests of insects to get
the larva. .... Some folks might let voles collect and store comfrey
roots so it can raided. .....
At 11:35 PM 3/31/2007, Rick at Lost Valley wrote:
>And something terribly poignant about having to make war on the furry
>little cuties unless you want your garlic snarfed, holes chewed in your
>squashes, your fruit trees girdled, the Camas eaten, your bamboo
>uprooting because it doesn't have any roots uneaten, etc. etc. But if
>the voles weren't good at what they do, they wouldn't be a problem.
>Thank goddess for my cat, Kitty Luna. She spends a lot of time in the
>garden because she loves voles above just about all else. I also hang
>owl boxes and I have ideas about breeding gopher snakes...
>Rachel Foster wrote:
> > There is something terribly poignant about the vole part of Rick's
> > e-mail. It's impossible not to relate to little critters that cut
> > comfrey roots into uniform pieces and stack them neatly in pantries.
> > Yet there we go, digging into their tunnels all the time.
> > If you don't have voles and you never try to dig it up, comfrey seems
> > to be very well behaved. Mine has not gone anywhere in 14 years (the
> > voles don't like that part of the garden)
> > RF
> > ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > *From:* firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] *On
> > Behalf Of *Rick at Lost Valley
> > *Sent:* Saturday, March 31, 2007 6:47 PM
> > *To:* linda
> > *Cc:* firstname.lastname@example.org; jlemeshow
> > *Subject:* Re: [epguild] Re: Comfrey root
> > A rototiller will propagate comfrey like you wouldn't believe, but I
> > have also, in my bamboo nursery work, dug up meadow vole tunnels with
> > pantry chambers stocked with neatly and uniformly cut and stacked
> > comfrey root cuttings that were beginning to sprout. This confirmed my
> > suspicions about the vector of the traveling comfrey. Nonetheless I
> > plant it and use it all the time. At least the hybrid stuff doesn't have
> > fertile seed, and at least Rough Comfrey (borage-type flowers and little
> > white spots in the leaves) which seeds abundantly, is an annual.
> > -Rick
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