Then the strawberries started disappearing. First it was the ripe ones. Then even the green ones were pulled off and often abandoned.
A war had begun.
I assumed my enemy was the squirrels. They run along the back fence and hop into the garden. I have definitely caught them in the strawberry patch before. My strategy was to build a squirrel proof cage so I could have delicious strawberries again!
I bought 1 inch plastic hexagon netting and used rebar and plastic piping to make the structure (this is what I use for my cold frames, so I had it available). With a bit of cutting and zip ties to hold the pieces together, I had my squirrel exclosure:
I anchored the edges with retaining wall bricks and prepared to have tasty strawberries again.
I would love to say this story has a happy ending- the war was over and I won and celebrated by eating lots of strawberries. Sadly that is not what happened. There was a ripening strawberry in the center of the cage:
The war continues. Perhaps my enemy was not the squirrels and is a vole living under my strawberry bed. I now have a mysterious enemy, which is making the battle for strawberries difficult!