Feral pigs can be incredibly destructive of gardens. The Big Island gardening discussion threads are full of pig complaints....but today my worry is my OWN dogs.
I have no idea why they will leave a garden alone for weeks, even months, and then spend an evening digging up my seedlings.
My husband and I went through some options:
1) taller and stronger fence (but won't they just dig under it?)
2) shoot them (I wouldn't, but boy, am I mad this morning)
3) set the kids in shifts all night to watch the garden (instead of homework? They might go for that....)
My dogs are so well behaved most of the time, and mostly when someone is home/awake to watch them, but once every four or five months, they get the yen to dig up my garden. Last night, at least one of them actually knocked over the fence and dug up the beets and radish. It wasn't much of a fence...but still.
I used to think it was because they liked to dig where I have been digging, but it's been two weeks since I last really did heavy work in that particular set of garden beds. So, now, I haven't the faintest idea what was the trigger, nor which of the three was the culprit (the family has differing opinions on the matter). I am now going out to try to repair the situation and pull a bunch of taro. Maybe I will work off my urge to put a "Free Dogs" add on craigslist.