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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Green Thumb Sunday

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This is what my containers look like now. The squirrels have been having a field day. They seem to be convinced that I have buried food in all my pots. Both plants and soil have been strewn all over my porch and driveway in their frantic search for buried treasure. I tried replanting the despoiled pots only to find them empty once more. Adding insult to injury, the plants had been chewed into pieces instead of discarded whole.

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8 Comments:

At 4:40 AM, Anonymous Tropical gardening said...

Plants need to be taken care smartly and gently. It aslo have lives actually but invisible to our ears and eyes. Tender care of measures need for this plants as they grow day by day.

 
At 7:02 AM, Blogger Kerri said...

Oh you poor thing! How discouraging to have your lovely plants destroyed. I think squirrel stew might be in order (just kidding all you squirrel lovers out there!). I wonder if moth balls would keep them away. I hope you find a solution.
I've enjoyed reading through your latest posts this morning. We saw the most beautiful peony garden at the Cornell Plantations when we were in Ithaca for our daughter and SIL's wedding reception 2 weekends ago...and I thought of you :) There were so many beautiful singles! I took pictures and will post some when I find time..which seems to be almost impossible lately!

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger Colleen said...

I've said it before: your squirrels are just evil. First your WSing containers, then countless bulbs, and now this? The little jerks.

Have you tried hot pepper spray? It keeps the squirrels here away from my containers of potted bulbs in the spring.

 
At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Tracy said...

As Colleen said, your squirrels are definitely evil. I feel for you! Maybe try some cayenne combined with something very "pokey" that you can put between the plants - something that has points sticking up so they won't want to dig. I know for bulbs I've read to cover them with chicken wire, but I'm not sure how well that would work in pots. Otherwise, my husband has a BB gun I could send you . . . . ;)

 
At 4:48 PM, Blogger Carol said...

Bad squirrels! Very bad! Cayenne pepper is so far working on my rabbits, keeping them away, maybe it would work on squirrels.

 
At 11:40 PM, Blogger LostRoses said...

I'm gnashing my teeth in sympathy - those rotten squirrels. I'm pretty sure there are no squirrel lovers out there, or if there are, they aren't gardeners too!

 
At 1:45 AM, Blogger OldRoses said...

Thanks all! I like the mothballs idea. The pepper spray would probably keep them from eating the plants but that's not really my problem. It's the digging.

 
At 12:37 AM, Anonymous chigiy said...

Looks like It's time to do some varmit huntin'.

 

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