Hi everyone. A couple of years ago I bought this old farmhouse with the intentions to start a small organic farm. So far due to financial restrictions, I just have a bunch of small hand dug veggie patches but I feel I am getting closer and closer to taking the plunge into something bigger.
At the moment in my veggie gardens though I have a terrible problem with earwigs. Not a common garden pest, I know, but in my opinion, the worst. They spend their entire nights eating just about everything. Numbers have decreased a bit after an all out assault with veg oil traps, newspaper traps, beer traps, and natural dish soap attacks. If I can't even deal with the pest problem I have here with 9 or 10 small veggie patches, how am I ever supposed to deal with the potential problems when they are on a larger scale.
So I was at a strawberry u-pick talking to the owner about a week ago and he said he did not know a whole lot about earwigs, but he did know a thing or two about ducks. After some research I am starting to realize that I need ducks. Pest patrol? D-Team? They will certainly have some cool team name.
I've narrowed it down to Khaki Campbell, Indian Runner, and Muscovy Ducks. I have never eaten a duck egg, but I'm sure I'll be into them. Hoping to find 6 or 7. Probably 2 Muscovys, 2 Runners, and 3 Khaki's. They will be free range. I just drew up a house design yesterday, so I will soon be getting to work on that. Been trying to find a flatter spot on my very large, but wonky property. I'm noticing that the old mint patch is seemingly a perfect candidate. It is a nice large rectangle. Something was fenced in there at some point because I tore the fence out of the ground a year or so ago.
The mint is useless. It's a very wild tasting variety that gets all rusty around the start of the summer every year. I'll happily chop it down, but it will certainly return. Took we a while to get to the question in my title, but here it is.. Is mint okay for ducks? Think I'll have any negative effects. I can think of one positive right of the bat, I will have some **** fine smelling ducks.
The plan is to plunk their house in the patch, and also build a caged in area which will also be on the patch.It is basically just mint. We all know how invasive mint can be. They will spend their days wandering around the property, but at nights they will certainly be fenced in as we have just about every bird killing predator in the area.
I appreciate and replies and any advice for a soon-to-be duck owner.
Thank you in advance.