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Squirrel War – Squirrels 7, Gardeners 0

We like squirrels. One of our best friends is a squirrel named Sammy, but Sammy and his large family lives a mile away, in our favorite park. Unfortunately, Sammy isn’t related to the squirrels around here, and the squirrels around here won’t talk to us, so we can’t convince them to stop stealing our garden produce or to stop digging the soil out of our containers. We work hard for those tomatoes. We want to try the passion fruit we’re growing. The plants need soil, or they’ll die. Since the squirrels won’t talk to us, we have to fight against them, or we cannot garden anymore.

Now since the guys in our family are so Internet savvy, they’ve taught us how to research online, and we’ve discovered many other Peoples Gardeners have killed squirrels! Now that’s so wrong in so many ways:

  1. Squirrels aren’t being mean on purpose – they’re just gathering food, and digging to store it for the winter or to try to find it in the spring and summer.
  2. Squirrels are a necessary part of nature. Without them constantly hiding food in the ground, many trees would never grow. And, although we hate to think about this when it comes to our buddies in Sammy’s family, they’re also part of a diet of some other animals.
  3. It doesn’t matter which method is used to try to kill them, since it will likely kill pets or birds, and could hurt or even kill other Peoples.
  4. It’s illegal to kill them in the suburbs and cities of the United States.

We want to stop the squirrels, but not kill them. So far, they’re winning this war, and we’ve probably lost all our tomatoes and passion fruit this year, but we’ve learned a variety of methods that haven’t work. Hopefully, we can save you time and money by listing them.

  • Pinwheels don’t work.
  • Sounds have no long term effect on any critters, even us, unless we hear you inviting us over for dinner! Kehehehehe
  • This one is gross, but, since it’s advertised and we’ve tried it, we have to tell – predatory animal urine in powder form doesn’t work on city rodents. (We tried it against the mice in our house too.) It might work on rodents that live in the same area as the animals that eat them, but Philadelphia doesn’t have any fox, so the squirrels and mice didn’t care.
  • Sprays with mint, rosemary and garlic don’t bother them either. We planted the spearmint below the tomato plants, because we read they hate the smell. We even put a small pot of spearmint where we know our indoor mice go, but the mice dug through the pot’s soil and ate a few of the spearmint leaves. The squirrels outside don’t mind the spearmint at all, even though we’re pretty sure they don’t eat them. They’ve also dug near our rosemary, and ignored garlic spray.
  • Feeding them doesn’t work, although they certainly enjoy the extra food. Our squirrels in this neighborhood don’t even like dried corn! Fortunately, Sammy’s family does, so we will give them the rest of the squirrel food we bought at Pet Smarts. (If you like squirrels, and actually want them around, be nice and don’t feed them peanuts too often. Peanuts are to squirrels what fast food restaurants are to Peoples – they tastest good, but all they do is add fat onto their bodies, which isn’t healthy for them.)
  • Mothballs worked for a couple of weeks, but, well, we guess squirrels don’t like the smell, but like tomatoes more then they don’t like mothball smell. Also, rain makes the mothballs flood out of the bowls, and we’re pretty sure mothballs aren’t good for the environment.
  • Capturing, and then releasing, them does work, but you have to drop them no less then eight miles away. Since squirrels are beary tear-rah-tour-real though, they won’t be welcomed by the local squirrels and they might be killed or die of starvation. Also, since you removed them from their own tear-rah-touree, new squirrels will move in, and, of course, since they come from big families, there will be plenty more to take over.

Now, we aren’t done trying everything. We’ve placed chicken-coup wire in some of our pots. It works well, but, once plants rise up, the caging can’t be removed. Placing the caging over the pot helps most of the time, too. Sometimes the squirrels can pull it off, but not too often. It gives the plants enough time to grow to the height of the top of the pot, maybe a little more, if we bend it up a little. Squirrels, generally, don’t dig where the soil doesn’t show – a useful fact, if you can use ground cover, too!

Next year we’ll cage all around our tomatoes, and, if we can figure out how to do it, all around our passion vines too. It’s the chicken-coup caging material that has the beary small spacing, since we’re pretty sure that squirrels are like cats and can fit into spaces that it doesn’t look like they should fit into!

We’ll add to this when we find out how our next idea works, but that won’t be until next gardening season. If you’ve found ways that do work, please tell us.

Menu Details

We know why we chose each title for each section of our garden, but we also know that doesn’t mean visitors will understand. We also know that it’s not fun to keep scrolling up and down. This is to s’plain what each theme is and to give our visitors the option to click to another section from the bottom or top of each area.

Title

Description

Our Garden Gate

Our Home Page. – Entry into our beary special garden.

Our Garden Path

The path we’ve taken to create our garden. How our garden plans are progressing through the years.

Our Garden Gems

Gardens are multifaceted, like gems. Glimpses of what makes our garden so special to us.

Our Young Buds

Gardens need children. Our kids, our Young Buddies, teach us how to make gardens with and for them.

Our Potting Bench

Where we work – transplanting, creating homemade terrariums to grow new plants, and experimenting with growing from produce, Learning doesn’t have to mean success!

Our Basket

Where we gather ideas for gardens – money saving ideas, our Dos and Don’ts, Checklist for Buying New Plants, taking care of tomatoes, and other assorted information we’ve learned.

Our Harvest

We garden to grow produce, herbs, flowers, and pretty plants. We want to show the results and how we use our harvest in recipes.

Our Hitching Post

"Hitch your wagon to a star." We dream big! This is how we get some of our inspiration.

Our Shelter

Gardens need to be safe shelters for plants, families, birds, and good bugs, like butterflies and ladybugs, and scary for pests and diseases. This is what we do to protect.

Our Birdbath

Since gardens have birdbaths, not water coolers, we gather here to ask and answer questions, have polls, give links, and find out if visitors want us to include a gardening forum for kids. We sure hope so!

Teddy Bears’ Web Den

Our garden is really in the backyard of the T. Bears’ Web Den. Click this link to go to our other web site.