This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I have seen from time to time in the Gardeners' Monthly, papers on the destruction of the mole. Some time since I noticed an article on this topic in the Indiana Farmer, which I cut out, as seeming to me of value. If you think it of as much interest to your garden readers as I thought it was to the farmer, you may perhaps like to use it in the Gardeners' Monthly.
"I know from years of experience that moles care no more for the castor bean than they do for any other bean. I have a flower bed on the south side of my residence. Some years ago I planted some castor plants to shade the flowers. They grew and waxed strong, and year after year cast their seed in great quantities in that flower bed, and each succeeding spring I have been compelled to pull them out as common weeds. Yet with the ground sowed with castor beans as thick as dragons' teeth, the moles have been in that bed doing their work oblivious of the deadly bean. The best mole trap I have found is this: Haul a large heap of manure on the ground infected, late in the fall. The moles seek warm winter quarters and will hunt that heap of manure in droves, and yet they never leave the ground. After a heavy freeze comes, throw off the heap, dig out the animals and kill them. It is 'a sure cure.' It is said by some that moles do more good than harm. Well, I prefer to banish my moles by the free use of lime, salt and ashes, and by the warm winter quarters and slaughter as above suggested".
[In connection with this subject we find a note in a French journal, Lyon-Horticole. The editor says that he did not at all succeed in keeping flies away by planting the castor oil plant, but the seeds made into a paste, and then pills made thereof, was eminently destructive to rats, and that it was quite as destructive to them as arsenic or phosphorus, without being liable to the same objections. - Ed. G. M].