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Squirrel Gardens & Veggie Problems... oh wait, reverse that LOL

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by LiveMermaid07, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. LiveMermaid07

    LiveMermaid07 Bloody Mary. As in, hand me one.

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    Hi! :)


    Any of ya'll with veggie gardens have squirrel problems?

    We are completely overrun with :swear:squirrels. They even eat the plant pots and garbage can!
    They aren't afraid of us anymore either - which is a little scary... (ever seen 'the birds'? think, 'when squirrels attack'. dun dun dun! )


    Last year I started getting back into the veggie thing and had a tomato plant next to the pond contanier.
    The squirrels left that alone, surprisingly, but ate the parsley that was the only herb to sprout in the herb pot.


    Have other squirrel problem people noticed they leave tomatoes alone, or was this just some dumb luck?


    Are there other veggies they leave alone?



    I am hoping to also have this year, peas, some other species of tomatoes, zuchini, yellow squash, spinach, lettuce, stawberries, and broccoli.


    I know they eat strawberries and parsley, any others you've had they definitely go for?
    (so I know they need to be caged or something.)


    Just curious about this, thanks! :)
     
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    I've found that they learn to ignore just about anything I grow within range of a scoped air rifle.
     
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    Where did you get your squirrel seeds?
     
  4. LiveMermaid07

    LiveMermaid07 Bloody Mary. As in, hand me one.

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    the Easter bunny left them out back. ;)

    I thought they were bunny beans and planted them... doh!
     
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    LiveMermaid07 Bloody Mary. As in, hand me one.

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    LOL, sweet!
     
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    Not how I would describe the taste of squirrel, but they're not bad!
     
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    Yes?
    +1

    leaving doughnuts for them in dedicated feeding areas helps, too. (neighbors are the nicest people, but sheesh! i mean, really? doughnuts?)
     
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    Depending on where you live, get a barn cat. Once you "home" them, they don't venture far. Ours would leave squirrels and chipmunks in various stages of dismemberment on a daily basis when the hunting was good.

    We had three at one point. One wasn't much of mouser, but the other two were relentless. I live within a few hundred feet of a state forest and didn't see a squirrel or chipmunk for the better part of 8 or 9 years. That's pretty remarkable if you think about it. The flip side of that was we had to put away the bird feeders. I did say they were relentless. The last one of them is getting up in years and he's earned the right to live the good life now. But the chipmunks are back. There's a family of them living under the shed, and they devoured the squash seedlings I had in the potting shed last spring. And the squirrels are back. He still "tends the garden", but he's not as effective as he used to be.
     
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    As for stuff they avoid: Tomatoes, peppers, onions and garlic. That's all I've found rodents will avoid at any stage. They'll dig up potatoes close to the surface, and pretty much any young growth. Squash seedlings are candy until they mature, but the fruits are fair game. Forget about strawberries.
     
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    I have a Schnauzer, he killed 7 squirrels one year that I know of.
     

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