Against my better judgement I put food in the bird feeder today. I had left it empty for the last week or so because the seed on the ground attracts voles. It also attracts quail and I enjoy the quail as much as I dislike the voles.
The voles are very destructive to the garden and as a locovore, I try to grow as much food as I can in addition to the ornamental plants.
Last year I had tomatoes, peppers, squash and cucumbers. The critters ate all of the eggplant. This year I am planning on adding peas, lettuce and beans. The peas and lettuce have started to come up and I am hoping to protect them from the voles, rabbits and birds. With a natural area behind the house it may be impossible but I will try.