So this is what we've done: fill up water buckets with water (that can also be used to water the garden); put the buckets right in front of the gate so that Javelinas CANNOT get under the gate without toppling over four water buckets onto themselves (Javelinas do not like water on them!When it comes to water they are as skittish as cats...So, I put some flat, heavy rocks at the fence where it was clear they probably got out and could have gotten in, but of course, they most likely got in under the gate. 19), I got up to use the bathroom at am, went out to check the garden and all was as it had been since the last invasion. When I went out to check, more squash had been eaten!So for this week we did "Javelina watch," getting up around 7 am to check the garden. Plus, I noticed that the gate had been pushed up some more! We are down to our last couple of squash plants, and WILL NOT LOSE ANY MORE!I even had my husband get me truckloads of dirt in his Toyota truck. What to plant, where to put them, seeds versus bulbs versus six packs of flowers already started.
I have been completely successful, and went from nightly raids where they ripped my new plants out of the ground and dug under my agaves to leaving my plants untouched and my garden pristine for the last two weeks.
And, sure enough last weekend, Saturday morning around 7 am, at least one Javelina (it is rare for Javelinas to travel alone; more likely it was a family) got into the garden and ate a few yellow squash plants, stomped in the dirt where we'd just planted radishes, knocked over some seedlings, and stomped into the ground some greens on the way to the squash.
In other words, they only messed up a small section of garden (they could have wiped it out..I still don't know why they didn't).
I can't have the flower bed in our unfenced front yard because of another flower devourer, the South West's feral pig, Javelina, whose odor you wouldn't believe is stronger than a skunk's. Hang a single strand 8 to 10 inches off the ground around the edge of your garden, the experts suggest.“Here is my Javelina deterrent method: OK, this is really gross but it is free and only for garden lovers who are determined to persuade the neighborhood Javelinas (and rabbits as a bonus) that their garden just isn't yummy anymore.
This has worked perfectly so far, and here's what you do.