The Fear of Squirrels and Rabbits

We plant beautiful tulips and vegetables that often times end up dinner to our fellow squirrels and bunnies.

Excerpt from Michael Pollan’s Second Nature In regards to a pesky woodchuck.

“I had done my research and discovered that woodchucks were scrupulous about personal hygiene.   …   Confident that I had located my adversary’s Achilles’  heel, I introduced a few carefully selected substances into his tunnel: a dozen eggs, smashed and dribbled down its sides.  A pint jar of molasses.  Half a can of motor oil.  A dead field mouse.  And lastly, a quart of creosote, vile stuff so sticky the woodchuck would have to have the fur on his belly steam-cleaned”

Needless to say, the woodchuck and nature prevail, and Mr. Pollan ends up erecting a fence.  Gardeners become so distraught, we’ll try anything.  Our best combat against these creatures is chicken wire fence.  Make it two feet high and buried in the earth about 6 inches.  This should work for bunnies.  Adding bloodmeal to your soil is another option.   They hate the smell.  Another smell technique is coyote urine, the odor of a predator.  Squirrels! They’re smart, and they love to dig.  I’ve got a gang of them that eat pizza and burritos on my roof while watching me garden.  It’s a constant stand off, but cayenne pepper spray, some noisy neighbor dogs, and a Toby cat ready to kill work in this war zone.  This past fall, I planted garlic near my tulips in hopes that the smell will offend them.  But on second thought, if they’re snacking on pizza, they’ve already got a taste for the flavor of Italy.  “Ohhh, garlic!  yummmm”.

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